17 Pizza Places In The Utica And Rome Area We Miss
There's just something amazing about pizza in Central New York. There are plenty of places in the Utica and Rome area that are incredible.
These places of course were built on other amazing places. We asked on social media and our station app, what were the pizza places you missed the most, that are long gone? Here's the top 17 from that list. If you have others to add to the list, feel free to text us:
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History of Pizza
The history of pizza begins when various ancient cultures produced basic flatbreads with several toppings.
The word pizza was first documented in A.D. 997 in Gaeta and successively in different parts of Central and Southern Italy. Pizza was mainly eaten in Italy and by emigrants from there. This changed after World War II when Allied troops stationed in Italy came to enjoy pizza along with other Italian foods."
A precursor of pizza was probably the focaccia, a flat bread known to the Romans. The innovation that led to flatbread pizza was the use of tomato as a topping.
For some time after the tomato was brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century, it was believed by many Europeans to be poisonous, like some other fruits of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family are. However, by the late 18th century, it was common for the poor of the area around Naples to add tomato to their yeast-based flatbread, and so the pizza began.
The dish gained popularity, and soon pizza became a tourist attraction to the world.