Johnny Marzetti

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Johnny Marzetti
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Johnny Marzetti is a pasta-meat-and-cheese casserole popular in the American Midwest and the former Panama Canal Zone
CourseMain dish
Place of originColumbus, Ohio, United States
Region or stateMidwestern United States
Created byMarzetti’s Restaurant, Columbus, Ohio
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsPasta, ground beef, tomatoes.
VariationsColumbus, Ohio

Johnny Marzetti is a Midwestern Italian American pasta dish consisting of noodles, cheese, ground beef, and a tomato sauce that typically includes aromatic vegetables and mushrooms.[1]


Johnny Marzetti originated in Columbus, Ohio at Marzetti's, an Italian restaurant established in 1896 at Woodruff Avenue and High Street by an Italian immigrant named Teresa Marzetti.[2][3] One of the dishes Marzetti offered her customers was a baked casserole of ground beef, cheese, tomato sauce, and noodles that she named for her brother-in-law, Johnny.[4] Teresa Marzetti was the first person to serve the casserole Johnny Marzetti in a restaurant.[5] Proximity to the nearby Ohio State University helped the first restaurant succeed and spread Marzetti's fame.[6]

By the 1920s, it had become popular across Ohio and the Midwestern United States. The original restaurant closed in 1942, but a second location, opened in 1919, remained in operation until Teresa Marzetti died in 1972.[7] Marzetti's later became known for various salad dressings, which are still produced under the T. Marzetti Company label.

Johnny Marzetti also became a popular dish in the former Panama Canal Zone.[8] Some locals in this region felt that the dish originated there, and typically referred to it as "Johnny Mazetti".[8]

In Season 3, Episode 18 of Gilmore Girls, "Happy Birthday, Baby," it is referred to as "Johnny Machete," a dish Richard Gilmore's grandmother made for him when he was feeling sad.[9]

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  1. ^ "Johnny Marzetti". Saveur. April 9, 2015. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Edward Pfau (April 4, 2013), Casserole indeed started in Columbus, The Columbus Dispatch, p. 18A, retrieved October 20, 2013
  3. ^ Charlotte Durham (September 30, 2009), Origin of Johnny Marzetti pasta casserole legendary, The Commercial Appeal, p. M4, retrieved October 20, 2013
  4. ^ "Johnny Marzetti - Ohio History Central". Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Johnny Marzetti - Ohio History Central". Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  6. ^ "T. Marzetti Company - Ohio History Central". Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Teresa Marzetti - Ohio History Central". Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  8. ^ a b Darbee, Jeff (August 20, 2014). "City Quotient: What is Columbus' definitive local food?". Columbus Monthly. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  9. ^ Gilmore Gags (2014-02-20), Richard is making the dinner, retrieved 2018-01-28

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