(DL) – Today we pay homage to coal fired brick oven pizza. There is history behind pizza which I won’t bore you with but coal oven pizza is somewhat a dying breed.
Coal oven pizza should not to be confused with wood oven pizza. Both should be prepared in a brick oven but that is not always how they are prepared as modern technology likes to take shortcuts compromising authenticity.
Authenticity. Where does brick oven coal fired pizza originate? The lore of New Yorkers tells of a great pizza made in a small corner pizza shop in downtown Manhattan named Lombardi’s.
The Lombardi’s story is the coal fired brick oven story. Heck, Lombardi's is the story of Pizza's orgin in America. Legendary is a misnomer – it's a fact, Pizza began at Lombardi's grocery circa 1897. Currently located in Little Italy at the corner of Mott and Spring Streets, Lombardi's has become a pilgrimage for locals and tourists alike. I made my first visit it back in 2005 when my son and I dropped in on the recommendation of my then wife. She had eaten there prior. Who knows how she came about the place, yet in the end she told me how great it was and I had to know if she was right. Could a Ukrainian woman really knew pizza? Turns out she did. What she didn’t inform me of was Lombardi's history. It's rumored to be the oldest pizza parlor in Manhattan, and more specifically she did not tell me I would be dining on “coal oven” pizza. I must add some opinion to this piece. Lombardi's is special, but it is ...Read more...