Maybe the most popular food throughout all of the United States is pizza. Pizza is a great tasting treat that is perfect for almost any occasion. Whether a mid-morning snack or a late-night treat, pizza has been almost a universally appreciated food because of the wide variety of toppings, sauces, dough and cheeses that are available.
The idea of the pizza has been around for thousands of years, there are records of Romans eating a similar type of food back as far as Virgil, the famous poet who once wrote down a Pizza recipe. This may be one of the earliest recoded indications of pizzaâ€™s existence, but it was almost certainly enjoyed before that. There was even some evidence of a pizza in the baker shops preserved in the hardened lava that was discovered on the site of what was once the ancient city of Pompeii.
Pizzas came to America around the same time as the influx of Italian immigrants came to the United States. The first pizza sold and made famous in the United States was made by Gennaro Lombard in New York City in 1905. After the Second World War, Americans came back to the United States after the war, they grew a taste for pizza.
The prominence of pizza in the United States led way to other types of variances in the way that people enjoy those ingredients. No other pizza spin-off has had the success and prominence as the calzone. The calzone is basically a pizza that has been folded onto itself, and can be made in various sizes and toppings. The calzone is great because it takes all of the enjoyment of a pizza but adds increased portability. The calzone is a perfect option for anyone who is trying to take a lunch or a snack with them. The calzone allows the eater to take it wherever they go.
Maybe the highest popularity of the calzone came when it was featured on an episode of Seinfeld, when the character or George brings calzones to his boss, who is very satisfied with the taste of the calzone, and demands that George bring more calzones. This leads to an increased rapport with his boss until a tipping mishap gets George banned from the Italian restaurant that bakes the calzones. George attempts to get his boss hooked on other types of breaded, all-inclusive lunch sandwiches, but none are the same as the calzone.
Calzones and pizzas have come a long way in American eating and popular culture. With the availability of the food, it is no doubt that they are around to stay.