Muy gu guy pan (1903); Pizza (1903)

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Wed May 30 04:06:49 UTC 2001


   From the NEW YORK TRIBUNE, supplement, 30 August 1903, pg. 2, col. 1:

   The Chinese menu is puzzling.  It is composed of dishes with such names as "mo gu sue ki," "chow main," "geish y main," "yock a main," "fin ka nau yok," "li chee," si u ah," "up tread main," "yang wall," "muy gu guy pan," etc.  All these dishes are agreeable to the American taste.  They range in price from $1.50 or $2 for "mo gu sue ki" (which is made of chicken breasts and mushrooms, principally) to 15 cents for "yock a main," a composition of noodles, chicken and pork.

   From the NEW YORK TRIBUNE, supplement, 3 February 1901, pg. 6, col. 4:

   "Yockaman," "chop suey" and "chowman" are the pieces de resistance.


   Lombardi's on Spring Street claims that it is the first pizzeria in the New World.
   A further documentation of NYC pizza is the NEW YORK TRIBUNE, supplement, 6 December 1903, pg. 5, col. 2:

   Several years ago the agent of a breakfast cereal, who conceived the plan of giving public demonstrations of its efficiency as a food, used to say in the talks which he gave in connection with them, "Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are."
(...)(Col. 4--ed.)
   "Pepperoni rossi," or red pepper, is in great demand. (...)
   Pie has usually been considered a Yankee dish exclusively, but apparently the Italian has invented a kind of pie.  The "pomidore pizza," or tomato pie, is made in this fashion.  Take a lump of dough, and, under a roller, flatten it out until it is only an inch thick.  On this scatter tomatoes and season plentifully with powdered red pepper.  Then bake the compound.  "Salami pizza," or bologna pie, is made with this under layer of dough and a combination of tomatoes, cheese, red peppers and bologna.  To use a slang expression, this might be said to be a "red hot" combination.

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