Stromboli (food)

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Homemade stromboli
Type Turnover
Place of origin United States
Region or state Essington, Pennsylvania
Created by 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) and cold cuts (typically Italian meats such as salami, capocollo and bresaola) or vegetables. The dough used is either Italian bread dough or pizza dough.

Stromboli was invented in the United States in the 1950s.[citation needed] It was named after the Italian film Stromboli.

A stromboli is somewhat similar to a calzone. A calzone is a baked turnover stuffed with pizza ingredients. A stromboli is usually made by rolling up dough that has been topped with pizza ingredients and then baking it. A calzone is crescent-shaped, and a stromboli is usually shaped like a long cylinder. The distinction between the two is complicated by the fact that there is some variation in what constitutes a stromboli.[1][2][3]


Many American pizza shops serve a stromboli using pizza dough that is folded in half with fillings, similar to a half-moon-shaped calzone.[2] 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 jelly roll shape and baked. Other variations include adding pizza sauce or deep-frying, similar to panzerotti.[3]


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

Romano's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria claims to have first used the name in 1950 in Essington, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, courtesy of Nazzareno Romano. The pizzeria owner had experimented with "pizza imbottito", or "stuffed pizza", and added ham, cotechino salami, cheese and peppers into a pocket of bread dough.[3] His future brother-in-law suggested he name it after the recently released movie Stromboli, notorious for an off-screen affair between married actress, Ingrid Bergman, and married director, Roberto Rossellini, resulting in a love child.[2]

In 1954, Mike Aquino of Mike's Burger Royal in Spokane, Washington says he also named the sandwich after the same movie.[4] Aquino's version included capicola ham and provolone cheese covered in an Italian chili sauce on a French bread roll.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shuster, Jim (May 10, 2012). "The Stromboli vs. the Calzone", Gilroy Patch. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Daley, Bill (March 26, 2013). "Calzone v. Stromboli". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Vadala, Nick (June 17, 2014). "The Stromboli: A Philly Original, Courtesy of Romano's". Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ Stimson, William (June 5, 1976). "Stromboli Sandwich is Spokane Original". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Mariani, John (1999). The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink. New York: Lebhar-Friedman Books. ISBN 0-86730-784-6. OCLC 41319951.
  • Romano, Pete. Nazzareno Romano's Grandson