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Old 09-01-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think most people over about 65 can remember the first time they ever heard of or ate pizza, which didn't become popular until the late 50s.

My first one was in Milwaukee. We were visiting my older sister, who had discovered a place in about 1953 that had pizza. It was Sicilian style, very large and cut into squares, and I think tomato sauce was the top layer. I was about 14, and had never even heard the word before. It was a general Italian restaurant, and pizza was just one of the items on their menu.

When I was in college, there was no pizza around anywhere, that was '56-58. The first one I ever ordered myself was in 1959, in Huntsville, Alabama. By 1962, pizza parlors were everywhere.

If you really want to blow your grandkids minds, instead of telling them there was no TV when you were a kid, tell them there was no pizza.
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:58 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I think most people over about 65 can remember the first time they ever heard of or ate pizza, which didn't become popular until the late 50s.

My first one was in Milwaukee. We were visiting my older sister, who had discovered a place in about 1953 that had pizza. It was Sicilian style, very large and cut into squares, and I think tomato sauce was the top layer. I was about 14, and had never even heard the word before. It was a general Italian restaurant, and pizza was just one of the items on their menu.

When I was in college, there was no pizza around anywhere, that was '56-58. The first one I ever ordered myself was in 1959, in Huntsville, Alabama. By 1962, pizza parlors were everywhere.

If you really want to blow your grandkids minds, instead of telling them there was no TV when you were a kid, tell them there was no pizza.
How right you are. I remember. It was 1958 in Triangle, VA, a small village just outside Marine Corps Schools, Quantico. Although I've had some great pies since, especially here in MO of all places, in my taste bud's memory, nothing's ever been as good as that first-ever pizza. It was a combination and became a Friday night "ritual." I was 12.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: The South
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Stationed at Ft. Monmouth, NJ in 1957, ate my first pizza in Asbury Park.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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1958, south side of Chicago. It was "chain" pizza, and it was *horrid*!!! So bad that it took 30 years for me to even think of trying pizza again. Such a wasted 30 years!

Someone pointed out to me that an ethnic cuisine becomes popular in the U.S. a generation or so after the migration from that ethnic population, because that's when grandma gets over here and starts cooking for everyone.
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I think most people over about 65 can remember the first time they ever heard of or ate pizza, which didn't become popular until the late 50s.

My first one was in Milwaukee. We were visiting my older sister, who had discovered a place in about 1953 that had pizza. It was Sicilian style, very large and cut into squares, and I think tomato sauce was the top layer. I was about 14, and had never even heard the word before. It was a general Italian restaurant, and pizza was just one of the items on their menu.

When I was in college, there was no pizza around anywhere, that was '56-58. The first one I ever ordered myself was in 1959, in Huntsville, Alabama. By 1962, pizza parlors were everywhere.

If you really want to blow your grandkids minds, instead of telling them there was no TV when you were a kid, tell them there was no pizza.
The first time I ever had pizza was in Oregon. It was a popular chain which doesn't exist anymore. I know it was after 1962 because I was old enough to drink and had a dark German beer with it. Yummy! Have to admit though, I didn't know what GOOD pizza was till I visited family in Chicago. That was great!! Detroit pizza wasn't too bad either.
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Funny pizza story

My only experience with pizza had been my mom making them. Not good.
She was an awesome cook otherwise though so I thought that's how pizza tasted. Gross.

Anyway, I am now 16 and go on my first real date. Football game, then to pizza. (I was dreading it). Anyway, best thing I ever tasted - cut into the squares - for all you South Florida peeps

Sir Pizza, Commercial Boulevard (east), Fort Lauderdale

It was the best!!

Early 1970's!!

(awesome first date too)
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I think most people over about 65 can remember the first time they ever heard of or ate pizza, which didn't become popular until the late 50s.

My first one was in Milwaukee. We were visiting my older sister, who had discovered a place in about 1953 that had pizza. It was Sicilian style, very large and cut into squares, and I think tomato sauce was the top layer. I was about 14, and had never even heard the word before. It was a general Italian restaurant, and pizza was just one of the items on their menu.

When I was in college, there was no pizza around anywhere, that was '56-58. The first one I ever ordered myself was in 1959, in Huntsville, Alabama. By 1962, pizza parlors were everywhere.

If you really want to blow your grandkids minds, instead of telling them there was no TV when you were a kid, tell them there was no pizza.
Despite the fact that I grew up in the 1970s, living a sheltered life I never tasted it until I was an adult. I don't recall the "first time", but I'm thinking it was probably sometime around 1980.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:45 PM
 
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I think pizza was my first solid food!!! haha, no really. I literally grew up eating pizza from the best pizza place. Pizza Haven on Broadway, in Inwood, New York City.

Ahh, yes... I see it now, smell it now. There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home...
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Jerry's Pizza in Canoga Park, CA probably around 1966 when I was around 5. I remember they used to play Laurel and Hardy movies in the dining room and I remember the pizza man would toss us little kids a slice of pepperoni while he made the pizza behind the counter.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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My first Pizza was made by my Mother in the 60s from a recipe she found in the paper..she still has the clipping too. Anyway just thinking of "my Mothers" pizza makes my mouthwater..it is made on a rectangle cookie sheet because thats the bigggest thing she has and is cut in squares. I have never found a better "store bought" pizza that even rivals my Moms. If we have a family party and have the choice of BBQ or Pizza it is Pizza everytime!!! A family tradition is Moms pizza on Super Bowl Sunday.
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