Italian tomato pie

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Italian Tomato pie
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateNortheastern United States
Main ingredientsFocaccia-like dough, tomato sauce

Italian tomato pie is an Italian-American baked good consisting of a thick, porous, focaccia-like dough covered with tomato sauce.[1] It may be sprinkled with romano cheese or oregano. It is not usually served straight from the oven, but allowed to cool and then consumed at room temperature or reheated. Like Sicilian pizza, tomato pie is baked in a large rectangular pan and served in square slices. In Rhode Island it is cut into long strips and often called pizza strips.[2][3] Tomato pie descends from and resembles the Italian sfincione, although it is not the same dish; for instance, sfincione may have toppings, is usually served hot, and has a crust more like brioche than foccacia.[4][5][6]

Other names for tomato pie include gravy pie ("gravy" here refers to "Italian gravy", i.e. tomato sauce) and church pie in Philadelphia,[6] and red bread, strip pizza, party pizza[7] and bakery pizza in Rhode Island.

A 1903 article in the New-York Tribune on the food of Italian-Americans described an early version of tomato pie.[8] Tomato pie has been sold by Iannelli's Bakery in Philadelphia since 1910 and O'Scugnizzo's Pizzeria in Utica, New York since 1914.[9] Tomato pie remains popular in Philadelphia,[10] Utica,[11] and Rhode Island.


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  1. ^ Berman, Eleanor (2000). Away for the Weekend: New York. Crown. ISBN 9780609805961.
  2. ^ Beaulieu, Linda (November 1, 2005), "Rhode Island Pizza Strips", The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook: Big Recipes from the Smallest State, Rowman & Littlefield, p. 195, ISBN 978-0-7627-5182-2
  3. ^ Ann & Michael Martini (February 16, 2012). "Rhode Island's Best Pizza Strips". GoLocalProv.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Krall, Hawk (February 13, 2017). "Never tried tomato pie? Then get yourself to Utica right now". Saveur.
  5. ^ Reuscher, J. A. "Tomato Pie". The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.
  6. ^ a b "Philadelphia's Tomato Pie: Is it Pizza, or What?". Grand Voyage Italy.
  7. ^ "This Rhode Island Bakery Serves the Best Pizza Strips You've Ever Tasted".
  8. ^ "Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress". New-York Tribune. New York, NY. December 6, 1903.
  9. ^ Barrett, Liz (September 2014). Pizza, A Slice of American History. Voyageur Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-7603-4560-3.
  10. ^ "Tomato pie, pizza made with Italian gravy, is a Philly staple". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
  11. ^ Weaver, Teri (March 8, 2017). "'It's not pizza:' Utica's Tomato Pie Day to celebrate iconic Upstate NY food".