apizza; pie

Steve Boatti Ittaob at AOL.COM
Tue Jul 16 00:32:08 UTC 2002

The following communication from a real flesh-and-blood Neapolitan, in
response to my query to the listserv of the Italian-American Historical
Association, may shed further light on the meaning of "apizza:"

From: alessandro buffa <alessandro_buffa at hotmail.com>

First of all let me say hello to all members of the list since I just

subscribed to it. I am from Naples but I'm moving to New York to do graduate

studies next month.  I can confirm that in Neapolitan dialect "la pizza" is

written "a pizza" and pronounced "/a pizz/". So, I agree with Steve Boatti

about the origin of the word "apizza" in New Haven, CT.

Best regards,

Alessandro Buffa

Subject: Fwd: "Apizza":Boatti

> From: Ittaob at aol.com


> Many of you may know that in New Haven, CT, the local word for "pizza"


> to be "apizza," as shown in the name of many pizzerias in that city and

> environs. It is usually pronounced "a-beets." On the listserv of the


> Dialect Society, there is an ongoing debate about the origin of the word

> "apizza."


> Do any subscribers to this list have any information about this? My own


> is that it is simply Neapolitan for "la pizza," from the use of "a" for


> ("the").  Is this likely? Others have speculated that the "a" is from the

> Latin "ad", "to". (In Italian, "a" also means "to.") Another thought was


> "la pizza" or "una pizza" became "l'apizza" or un' apizza", much as in

> English "an ewt" became "a newt."


> Steve Boatti


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