Stromboli (food)

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Stromboli
HomemadeStromboliAug05.jpg
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) and Italian meats (such as salami, capicola and bresaola) or vegetables. The dough traditionally used is Italian bread dough.

It should be noted that neither the word nor the preparation is used in Italy, where the only pizza-derived turnover is the calzone.

Preparation[edit]

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

Origins[edit]

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.[2] 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.[1]

In 1954, Mike Aquino of Mike's Burger Royal in Spokane, Washington says he also named the sandwich after the same movie.[3] Aquino's version included capicola ham and provolone cheese covered in an Italian chili sauce on a French bread roll.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Daley, Bill (March 26, 2013). "Calzone v. stromboli". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Vadala, Nick (June 17, 2014). "The stromboli: A Philly original, courtesy of Romano’s". Philly.com. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ 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. New York: Lebhar-Friedman Books. ISBN 0-86730-784-6. OCLC 41319951.
  • Romano, Pete. Nazzareno Romano's Grandson