Peter Regas at John's on Bleecker Street, 2019

Forgotten Pizza Makers of NYC

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Peter Regas will present his discoveries about the early history of American pizza at the U.S. Pizza Museum on February 23, 2019.

Independent researcher, Peter Regas shocked the pizza world last week with the news that he had discovered a forgotten generation of late 19th century Italian pizza makers in America, changing our understanding of how pizza arrived in the United States.

The U.S. Pizza Museum was the first to report on these lost forefathers of American pizza. Immediate reactions on Twitter by Slice founder, Adam Kuban and New York Times restaurant critic, Pete Wells helped illustrate the magnitude of Regas’ findings.

Adam Kuban, 2/5/19, Twitter, @adamkuban

Pete Wells, 2/5/19, Twitter, @pete_wells

Their enthusiasm was followed by articles published by Food & Wine, Smithsonian, Gothamist, Eater, Grub Street, and the Wall Street Journal.

How this earlier generation of bakers started in Italy and how they came to America and struggled to set up tiny pizzerias, only to be forgotten and then rediscovered, will be the subject of Regas’ upcoming lecture at the U.S. Pizza Museum in Chicago on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30pm.

“Filippo Milone & the Forgotten Pizza Makers of NYC”

Presented by Peter Regas

  • U.S. Pizza Museum at the Roosevelt Collection
  • 1146 S Delano Ct W, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • 7pm Doors, 7:30pm Event
  • Free Admission w/online RSVP, All ages
  • Garage Parking (1st 2 hours free w/validation)

Regas’ book on the history of pizza in the U.S. will be released later in 2019. He has started sharing information that supports his claims including archival records, newspaper advertisements with translations, photographs, and family stories at

Photo: Peter Regas outside John’s of Bleecker Street in New York City, 2/6/19 [Kendall Bruns]

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