Stromboli (food)

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Homemade stromboli
Type Turnover
Place of origin United States
Region or state Essington, Pennsylvania
Creator Nazzareno Romano
Main ingredients Bread dough, cheese (typically mozzarella), meat or vegetables
Cookbook: Stromboli  Media: Stromboli

Stromboli is a type of turnover filled with various cheeses, typically mozzarella, Italian meats such as salami, capicola and bresaola or vegetables. The dough traditionally used is Italian bread dough.


Many American pizza shops serve a stromboli using pizza dough that is folded in half with fillings, similar to a calzone.[1]

At other establishments, a stromboli is made with a square-shaped pizza dough that can be topped with any pizza toppings and is then rolled into a cylindrical shape and baked.


There are several claims regarding the origin of using the name stromboli for food in the United States.

Romano's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria originated it in 1950 in Essington, Tinicum Township, just outside Philadelphia, courtesy of Nazzareno Romano. According to Romano, a friend suggested he name it after the recently released movie Stromboli.[1]

In 1954, Mike Aquino of Mike's Burger Royal in Spokane, Washington says he also named the sandwich after the same movie.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Daley, Bill (March 26, 2013). "Calzone v. stromboli". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Stimson, William (June 5, 1976). "Stromboli Sandwich is Spokane Original". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Mariani, John (1999). The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink. Lebhar-Friedman Books. ISBN 0-86730-784-6.
  • Romano, Pete. Nazzareno Romano's Grandson