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A Slice of History: The evolution of pizza in New Jersey!




Here in Jersey, we know our pizza! But did you know the evolution of pizza in New Jersey is actually a fascinating story that dates back to the early 20th century? The first pizzerias in New Jersey opened their doors in the 1920s, serving a simple Neapolitan-style pizza with just tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Over time, as more Italian immigrants arrived in the state and began to put their own spin on the classic recipe, New Jersey pizza began to evolve and take on a unique character of its own.


One major development in the evolution of New Jersey pizza was the addition of toppings beyond the traditional tomato sauce and cheese. In the 1950s and 60s, pizzerias began experimenting with new toppings like sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, and peppers, leading to the creation of the classic New Jersey-style pizza that we know today.


Another key aspect of the evolution of New Jersey pizza was the introduction of new cooking methods and equipment. In the early days, pizzas were typically cooked in coal-fired ovens, which gave them a unique charred flavor and crispy crust. Over time, as gas and electric ovens became more common, pizzerias began to experiment with new cooking techniques and styles, leading to the development of a wide variety of pizza styles and crusts.


Today, New Jersey is home to a vibrant and diverse pizza scene, with a wide range of pizzerias serving everything from classic Neapolitan-style pies to gourmet pizzas with artisanal toppings. At Strawberry’s, there’s no exception! We have a passion for quality food at affordable prices, offering the same delicious, thin-crust pizzas with a modern flair. Whether you're in the mood for a classic topping such as Plain Cheese or Margarita, or something more adventurous such as Shrimp Scampi or the Joey G (sausage and broccoli rabe – a customer favorite!), Strawberry’s has a slice for you!


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