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February 9, 2021

In 1944, the New York Times popularized ‘pizza’

Though pizza aficionados know that Gennaro Lombardi is credited with opening the country's first pizzeria in 1905 in Little Italy, it wasn't until the WIII years, that the popular food gained mainstream recognition. On September 20, 1944, it's said that the New York Times first popularized the word "pizza" to those outside of the Italian-American community. From there, other media stories followed and a true pizza frenzy kicked off.
The rest of the pizza history here