Happy Ruby Tuesday

Happy Ruby Tuesday everyone! 

It’s time to share a photo or two with a red theme. 

Tomato Pie  

DeLorenzo's Tomato Pie, half is artichokes and mushroom,/sausage & spinach












This is a tomato pie from DeLorenzo’s in Robbinsville, NJ. Unlike pizza, the cheese goes on first, then they add the tomato sauce on top.

Tomato Pies Beginnings:

Outside of Trenton, New Jersey, , the term Tomato Pie is little known. Utica, New York and Norristown, Pa have their own versions.
The first Tomato Pie restaurant opend in 1912 called Papa’s Tomato Pie on South Clinton Avenue, Trenton. Papa had emigratred from Naples, Italy and “the story goes that as they were making bread , they put some sliced tomatoes on it and cooked it, and that was it.”

Papa’s Tomato Pies is still around owned by his descendants, Azzaro, 62 and his son Dominic is on 804 Chambers Street.
Now, for DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies, the place that we went to. Pasquale and Maria Delorenzo emigrated from Naples to America at the turn of the century as well. The family had eight sons and four daughters in a row house on Hudson Street. In 1936, the 4 oldest son’s (Joe, Chick, Jimmy and Johnny) opened Delorenzo”s tomato Pies on the first floor of the rowhouse, then moved it to 530 Hudson Street where it is currently operating today.
In 2008, Chick’s grandson, Sam Amico, 38 opened a modern DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies in 2350 Highway 33 in suburban Robbinsville.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 15:01:11

    Yum! That looks very delicious. Makes me hungry. Wait! I didn’t eat breakfast…..

    Yummy Ruby Tuesday photo!




  2. Becky
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 11:56:18

    I don’t believe I’ve heard of this kind of tomato pie before. The artichoke and mushrooms sound good! Nice choice for Ruby Tuesday.



  3. Around the Island
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 19:41:07

    That looks delicious. I grew up in NY so good pizza’s a given, but I’d never heard of a tomato pie before.

    To answer your question about the moshav – much of it is still farmed, but not all. The families own their own tracts of land and some choose to farm while others raise horses, open catering halls, build factories, etc. There’s a fruit orchard right across from the particular field I showed this week. You can see it here.

    I’m glad you enjoyed Wildflower Bouquet – the artists are very special people to me. Sadly Ray Scudero died a few years ago but his wife Joanna is still a good friend. If you like folk you’d really like the rest of their music as well.

    My photography is now available for purchase – visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!



  4. Gattina
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 20:17:37

    I would say it’s a kind of Pizza with another name. I had never heard of a tomato pie, but a pizza is also one. As he came from Naples he called it probably “tomato pie” because nobody knew Pizzas ?



  5. lynda Howells
    Apr 28, 2010 @ 22:21:40

    wow…now l am hungry!! love the image. Happy Ruby Tuesday. Lynda



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