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Peter Regas discovered this Filippo Milone pizzeria advertisement in the May 9, 1903 issue of Il Telegrafo, an Italian language newspaper published in New York City. [Peter Regas’ scan/New York Public Library]

02/23/19 – “Filippo Milone & the Forgotten Pizza Makers of NYC”

Presented by Peter Regas

A forgotten generation of late 19th century Italian pizza makers in America has been discovered, changing our understanding of how pizza arrived in the United States. After 10 years of searching through archival records for an upcoming book, Peter Regas is going public with his findings by launching pizzahistorybook.com and announcing a presentation at the U.S. Pizza Museum in Chicago on February 23.

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 pizzahistorybook.com.

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.

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)

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