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|2003-10-07 - Weird News|
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Who Really Brought Pizza To The U.S.?
Brooklyn, NY -- The history books say a man named Ginero Lombardi first introduced pizza to America in 1905, when he started rolling out pies at his grocery store in New York.
But those history books need to be rewritten, according to the great-grandson of the baker who worked at Lombardi's place.
Lawrence Ciminieri says it was his forbearer, Antonio Pero -- nicknamed "Totonno" -- who first served pizzas to the workers at the store, and he has photographic evidence to back up his story.
The picture shows Lombardi and Totonno standing in front of the shop -- but only Totonno has the light dusting of flour on his shoes which would indicate he was rolling out the pizza dough.
Ciminieri says Lombardi deserves credit for coming up with the idea of selling pizza to customers, but it was his grandfather's recipe which started the whole rage -- and it's that same recipe he now uses to make pizza at his New York restaurant Totonno's.
He discusses pizza's lost history in a new Travel Channel special, "Pizza Wars: New York vs. Chicago," which airs Oct. 13.
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