It’s hard to imagine a time when people didn’t enjoy that round circle of dough, cheese, and sauce. It’s such a staple and a cornerstone of our great state, New Jersey pizza is famous all over the country. But it’s interesting to note that pizza in its modern form isn’t quite as old as you may think. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to find out how pizza was invented and how it made it to its unofficial home in the Garden State.

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Back in Old Napoli…

Many ancient peoples had flatbreads that were seasoned with herbs, but our story starts in the Italian city of Naples in the late 18th century. This is where and when tomatoes began to be added to flatbreads. The reason it took this long is because tomatoes came from America to Europe where they became a staple of Italian food. That means that those juicy tomatoes from the Garden State back then could mean New Jersey had a lot to do with you being able to order pizza today. The Neapolitan Pizza is often considered a classic style with strict rules on how its made and what goes into it for this reason.


Coming To America

It wasn’t until the late 19th Century that pizza finally made the trip to America with the first waves of Italian immigrants to areas like Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. It was originally just a meal for the Italian communities of these major cities, and traditionally sold out of metal washtubs that were carried on the purveyor’s head! Eventually it became popular enough to make it onto menus in these communities.

The first time pizza is referenced in an article in America was in Boston in 1904, but Giovanni and Gennaro Bruno went to Chicago where they opened what is considered the first pizza place in 1903. It was only a few years later, when pizza came to Trenton with Joe’s Tomato Pies. The Tomato Pie is a unique, old-fashioned take on pizza and it can only be found here in New Jersey. From there, you can say the rest is history. Pizza has evolved quite a lot over the last century, but it continues to please the palettes of people across not just America, but the entire world.

Contact Mangia Brick Oven Pizza today if you’d like to order some delicious pizza in NJ.