The History of The Pepperoni

It is safe to say that one of the most popular pizza toppings is pizza. Sure there are other great toppings like sausage and bacon; however there is something classic about a simple pepperoni pizza. Are you aware of the history of this great sausage? How did it first come into the picture? And what brilliant person decided it was a fantastic idea to combine is with pizza crust? At Sebastiano’s Italian Restaurant, we are here to inform you of the history of pepperoni. We offer the best pizza Hollywood FL.


A Blast From The Past

Believe it or not, the sausage you know all too well, is not Italian. Just like Jazz and American football, pepperoni is purely an American invention. Go figure! And, like those two very American ideas, it permeates our culture. In fact, pepperoni remains the most popular topping for pizzas in America, being served on more than 35% of all pizza orders.


Most people, and rightly so, would have thought pepperoni was born in Italy.  Although it is hard to say precisely when it was created, it probably popped up in the early 1900s when Italian butcher shops and pizzerias began to flourish on the streets of a burgeoning Italian-American society.


Notes food writer and historian John Mariani, who wrote a book titled How Italian Food Conquered the World, “Pepperoni is purely an Italian-American creation, like Chicken Parmesan.”


While we may not know its exact origins, we know it when we see it: This air-dried somewhat spicy sausage has a few very distinctive characteristics: fine-grained, lightly smoky, bright red and relatively soft.


Traditionally, made by mashing pork and beef, pepperoni is a cured meat product often seasoned with peppers, garlic, fennel, or mustard seeds and stuffed into a casing.

And, it has a taste that can only be described, well, by eating it.  It adds a slightly spicy and meaty flavor to pizza that is purely its own. “Pepperoni” is actually the Italian word for large peppers, as in bell peppers, and there is no Italian salami called by that name, though some salamis from Calabria and Apulia are similarly spicy and flushed red with dried chilies.


It might look a bit like its equally tasty cousin, the salami, but it is safe to say that pepperoni has conquered the pizza world and there seems to be no stopping its popularity.


Stop By and Try Our Pepperoni Pizza Hollywood FL

We invite you to come and try our delicious and authentic menu of items that are made from scratch daily at our Italian Restaurant in Hollywood. Whether you desire traditional meals or want to bask in the sauces that cover our mouth-watering wings or pizza’s, we know that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The owners of Sebastiano’s Italian Restaurant feel passionate about serving their community and offering a place where a little piece of Italy can be right in their backyard. From the hand-rolled dough, the authentic spices and herbs to the cooking and firing methods, each dish is carefully crafted to ensure a meal that tastes like home.


Call Us Today

There are many traditional Italian dishes for you to discover and enjoy, but the best is always pizza pie. Compliment this tasty meal with the cities best pepperoni.  If you are looking for the best pizza Hollywood FL, call Sebastiano’s Italian Restaurant today to make a reservation!

Published by Sebastiano's Italian Restaurant, on January 21st, 2019 at 7:19 am. Filled under: Italian Restaurant Hollywood FLComments Off on The History of The Pepperoni

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