History of the Original Tomato Pie

Apizza Fact #4

It is not known when exactly the first pizza was made in New Haven, but history points to the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Pizza was made almost exclusively by bread and pastry bakers from New Haven, who all hailed from Southern Italy. Back at the turn of the century, there was no refrigeration so toppings were very basic. This gave birth to the tomato pie.

The classic New Haven tomato pie is simple: dough, crushed Italian tomatoes, pecorino romano, and EVOO. That’s it. Later, anchovies, garlic, and onions were also added. The original tomato pie would have looked very similar to this one.


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