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Old 03-30-2015, 07:27 AM   #31
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I don't know how common this is elsewhere, here in the Midwest thin crust pizzeria pizzas are frequently cut in small squares. Growing up, this is the only pizza we knew. Pizza was not served with school lunch, so there was no danger learning there was another way to slice pizza. The first time I ever encountered triangle cut pizza was the first time I visited in NYC (many years ago.) I bought pizza slices from street vendors. Quite wide slices IIRC. You learn to Fold pretty quickly. Very cheap lunch/ snacks too. They did not offer knives and forks LOL. Now that I remember this, I wonder how vendor carts Made the pizzas, or kept them hot and fresh. Those were large single slices.

(I think Chicago deep dish pizza might qualify as a knife and fork food. )

Pizza is always eaten by hand.
I was always used to the sliced pie until junior year of high school ('73-'74). A new place opened called Sir Pizza (don't know if it was a chain). They cut round, thin crust pizza as you describe and they also cut the pepperoni in 1/4" dice. Don't know whether the pepperoni was a special brand or the way they diced it, but it was the best I've ever had. The pepperoni pizza is how I judge a pizza place. If it isn't good, they don't get any more of my business.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:34 AM   #32
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When I was living in Italy, many moons ago, it was common practice to order a slab of square cut pizza, usually just cheese and tomato, or shredded potato, and then buy a few slices of prosciutto or some other cold meat, and fold that in, eating the whole thing like a sandwich...
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:35 PM   #33
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We had a similar pizza in the school cafeteria, but it had chunks of ground beef on top, and mozzarella cheese. I liked it. But then again, up until I had Square Pan pizza, in San Diego, Ca. Sadly, the place no longer exists.


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I have fond memories of Square Pan Pizza in San Diego! My hubby used to work at the one near SDSU back in the 80's.

We could get 2 square slices of pepperoni, a salad, and a soda for $1.99. Great times. It was sad that they disappeared. I heard the final one that was inside the SDSU cafeteria closed back in the early 2000's.

We both were born and raised in good old San Diego and still have some family there.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:44 PM   #34
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I have fond memories of Square Pan Pizza in San Diego! My hubby used to work at the one near SDSU back in the 80's.

We could get 2 square slices of pepperoni, a salad, and a soda for $1.99. Great times. It was sad that they disappeared. I heard the final one that was inside the SDSU cafeteria closed back in the early 2000's.

We both were born and raised in good old San Diego and still have some family there.
Wish I had their crust recipe.

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Old 03-30-2015, 11:15 PM   #35
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I don't think I ever had a pizza before I was a teen with a drivers license and could get to the one and only little pizza stand that was new to town near the beach. It was just a little hut with an oven inside and picnic benches outside. It was my first experience with the best pizza I've ever had in my life, even after all these years. Then again maybe the clear memory of the perfect pizza has been exaggerated along with all those "happy days" .

Anyway, these days I make a pretty mean pizza and right out of the oven it's too hot to pick up, so we start with a knife and fork till it cools enough to shove in our mouth.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:26 PM   #36
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Kay, funny you should mention that - I was thinking about pizzas the other day and remembering back to when I had my first one. I'm pretty sure I was 10, and I grew up in SoCal, too. It just wasn't something that we had when I was a kid. I remember it because my dad had gone to play pool with 'the boys' on a Friday night - something he never did, and I think it was only that one time. After he left, Mama went out and got a pizza for us and we played board games. My brother and I loved it and ate until we couldn't eat any more. Memorable night!
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:48 PM   #37
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Yep Cheryl, we grew up with taco's instead of pizza in these parts. To this day when I hear "Pizza Hut" I think of our one and only little Tony's Pizza Hut on the beach back then.
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Growing up in an Italian neighborhood, we had pizza before it became popular across the country....
I don't know about the rest of the country, but we were regulars at a place whose name I can't recall somewhere around 1956. I knew it was a GOOD place because we lived on the east side of Cleveland and Dad would drive ALL the way to the west side to get our pizza. We'd have that treat every couple of months.

Here is an interesting history of pizza: A Slice of Heaven: A History of Pizza in America | Serious Eats
1905: First sold in a New York City grocery store (Gennaro Lombardi)
1912: Trenton, NJ (Joes' Tomato Pies)
1924: Coney Island (Totonno's)
1925: New Haven, CT (Frank Pepe's)
1929: Greenwich Village (John's Pizza)
1933: Boston (Santarpio's)
1934: San Francisco (Tommaso's) and Perth Amboy NJ (Sciortino's)
1936: Boonton, NJ (Reservoir Tavern)
1943: Chicago (Uno's)
1958: The first of the chains, Pizza Hut, debuted and neighborhood pizza shops started to compete with them, and sometimes lost out.

Let's not forget those box mix pizza kits our Moms could buy. The first mix on the market debuted in in 1948, "Roman Pizza Mix" by a Worcester, MA businessman, Frank A. Fiorello. (Pizza, History and Legends of Pizza, Whats Cooking America) The most enduring of the mixes was by Chef Boyardee, a Cleveland restaurateur.
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I don't know about the rest of the country, but we were regulars at a place whose name I can't recall somewhere around 1956. I knew it was a GOOD place because we lived on the east side of Cleveland and Dad would drive ALL the way to the west side to get our pizza. We'd have that treat every couple of months.

Here is an interesting history of pizza: A Slice of Heaven: A History of Pizza in America | Serious Eats
1905: First sold in a New York City grocery store (Gennaro Lombardi)
1912: Trenton, NJ (Joes' Tomato Pies)
1924: Coney Island (Totonno's)
1925: New Haven, CT (Frank Pepe's)
1929: Greenwich Village (John's Pizza)
1933: Boston (Santarpio's)
1934: San Francisco (Tommaso's) and Perth Amboy NJ (Sciortino's)
1936: Boonton, NJ (Reservoir Tavern)
1943: Chicago (Uno's)
1958: The first of the chains, Pizza Hut, debuted and neighborhood pizza shops started to compete with them, and sometimes lost out.

Let's not forget those box mix pizza kits our Moms could buy. The first mix on the market debuted in in 1948, "Roman Pizza Mix" by a Worcester, MA businessman, Frank A. Fiorello. (Pizza, History and Legends of Pizza, Whats Cooking America) The most enduring of the mixes was by Chef Boyardee, a Cleveland restaurateur.
My first pizza was probably Chef Boyardee, followed by Appian Way pizza kits. But then, once in a great while, my Dad would take me to a pizza place whose name I can't remember. I do remember it was thin, crispy crust, with pepperoni, sausage, onions, green peppers, sauce, and black olives, and I loved it. As a teen, with a car, we all went to Rossini's, another thin crust pizza, as with the other place. There were no pizza chains in Sault Ste. Marie, probably until the late 1970's. Now we have no mom & pop pizza places anymore. We do have five pizza chain restaurants now, Dominoes, Little Caesar's, Pizza Hut, Guidoes, & Jet. Oh, wait, there is one pizza joint that isn't in a chain, Upper Crust, and they make superb pizza. How things have changed.

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Ah, I remember the name of the other pizza place besides Rossini's, it was Fornachelly's, though I'm probably spelling it wrong. And then came King's pizza, with their famous pizza pastie. That was a game changer back in the early 1970's.

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