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The History of New York Style Pizza January 12, 2018

Morris Park, Bronx
The History of New York Style Pizza, Bronx, New York

Although the debate about the best style of pizza will never be settled, many fans are loyal to the classic New York style slice. Thin and crispy, the enormous slices are best eaten while walking down a busy city street. While today’s version conjures up a large pizza folded in half and served on a paper plate, the beloved dish has evolved over the last century. Read on to learn about the history of the New York staple.

Neapolitan Immigrants Brought Their Creation to the United States

When Italians moved from Naples to New York, they brought the traditional favorite with them. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the first pizzerias began to win over residents of the city. Each pie was large, thin-crusted, and topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce.

Evolution in Technology Changed Flavor but Not Style

PizzaOriginally, New York style pizza was baked in wood-fired ovens. Once coal became a more affordable and convenient choice, however, many chefs changed their methods. Although the texture of the crust remained the same, the difference between fuel sources dramatically changed its flavor. In the 1940’s, most restaurants made the switch to gas-fired ovens, which remain the standard today and most closely replicate the flavor created by a wood-fired oven.

New York Style Pizza Is Now a Worldwide Staple

Now, no matter where you are in the world, you’re likely to find a slice of New York-style pie. Some claim that the minerals in the city’s water are responsible for a unique flavor that can’t be replicated. If you believe that, it’s best to go to the source for real satisfaction.


If you’re craving genuine New York style pizza, make a visit to Emilio’s of Morris Park in the Bronx. Their menu features a huge selection of classic Italian food dishes, including appetizers, salads, calzones, and pasta. If you’re hosting an event, their catering service can help you serve your guests a delicious meal sure to please any palate. For easy ordering, download the Emilio’s app, visit them online, or call (718) 822-6758.

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