Little Italy north/pizza pie
Paul M. Johnson
paulzjoh at MTNHOME.COM
Tue Sep 25 16:46:31 UTC 2001
Grew up in Chicago, and in the '40's and 50's it was called pizza pie,
slowly morphed into pizza and once in a great while "pie" As in "I'll
have a medium sausage pie"
Laurence Horn wrote:
> At 10:23 AM -0400 9/25/01, Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:
> > From the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 25 January 1947, pg. 11, col. 7:
> >_Pizzas of Cheese and Sausage_
> >_Baked Brown in Sally's Oven_
> >_Golden Stuffed Pies Are_
> > _Baked to Order in This_
> > _East Harlem Hideaway_
> > By Clementine Paddleford
> > Let's do something different tonight. And why not? Don't you
> >get bored with the smart restaurant-type meal, each just like the
> >other? Heaven knows that we do. Now is the moment to strike out
> >for Sally's at 2217 First Avenue, between 113th and 114th Streets,
> >location East Harlem, in the heart of Little Italy. The pizzas
> >you'll love and ditto for Sally, and ditto for Sally's wife, Anna.
> >Quaff the red wine; eat pizza pie.
> Getting us hungry again, Barry. I was struck by this application of
> "the heart of Little Italy" to a quarter within East Harlem. For me,
> the only "Little Italy" in New York is and was in lower Manhattan,
> abutting Chinatown, including the Spring Street location mentioned
> later in Barry's post, Mulberry St., etc. Was "Little Italy" applied
> to both these geographically quite distinct areas back in the 40's?
> Or was it just a cover term for any part of New York inhabited by
> Italians? It sounds from this context like the former is the case,
> and Paddleford should know, but I still find it strange.
> (I love the nostalgic value of "pizza pie"--was this largely a New
> York designation, or do others remember this as standard mid-century
> (or later) usage elsewhere?)
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