NY Pizza Patrol was started in 2009 in Draper, Utah with the goal of creating a festive NYC environment where you can come and feel the ambiance of NYC while enjoying traditional NY Style Pizza and Italian food. This desire coupled with the demand for a full menu casual sit down pizzeria, in the Draper area, inspired us to create a restaurant that serves authentic artisan NY style pizza and Italian food.
The History of New York Style Pizza
New York-style pizza originated in New York City in the early 1900s, and in 1905, the first pizza establishment in the United States was opened in New York’s Little Italy. It is known for its large, wide, thin, and foldable yet crispy shape.
The first pizzeria in America was founded in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi in Little Italy, Manhattan. As an immigrant from Naples and pizzaiolo, he opened a grocery store in 1897 which was later established as the first pizzeria in America in 1905 with New York’s issuance of the mercantile license. An employee of his, Antonio Totonno Pero, began making pizza for the store to sell that same year. The price for a pizza was five cents, but, since many people could not afford the cost of a whole pie, they would instead say how much they could pay, and they were given a slice corresponding to the amount offered. The pizza was wrapped in paper tied with string. In 1924, Totonno left Lombardi’s to open his own pizzeria on Coney Island called Totonno’s. The original pizzerias in New York utilized coal brick ovens and cooked their pizza with the cheese on the bottom and sauce on top. Unlike many modern variations, these pizzas were made with high quality ingredients such as homemade fresh mozzarella and robust Italian seasonings.