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Forgotten Pizza Makers of NYC

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U.S. Pizza Museum

1146 S Delano Ct W

Chicago, IL 60605

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"Filippo Milone and the Forgotten Pizza Makers of New York City"
Presented by Peter Regas

A forgotten generation of late 19th century Italian pizza makers in America has been discovered, changing our understanding of how pizza arrived in the United States. After 10 years of searching through archival records for an upcoming book, Peter Regas is going public with his findings by launching pizzahistorybook.com and announcing a presentation at the U.S. Pizza Museum in Chicago on February 23.

Of this forgotten older generation, one baker stands out. Filippo Milone came to New York in the late 19th century and likely established two of the most famous New York pizzerias that still exist today, Lombardi’s on Spring Street and John’s of Bleecker Street.

How this earlier generation of bakers started in Italy and how they came to America and struggled to set up tiny pizzerias, only to be forgotten and then rediscovered, will be the subject of Regas' upcoming lecture at the U.S. Pizza Museum.

About the U.S. Pizza Museum

Visit the U.S. Pizza Museum to explore the evolution of pizza culture through vintage artifacts and interactive programming. Learn about the history of pizza and how different styles of pizza became popular in America through displays of pizza memorabilia including: menus, pizza boxes, toys, games, buttons, vinyl records, and tools of the pizza-making trade.

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Is there really a pizza museum?

Yes. This is real.

Does it cost anything?

General admission to the U.S. Pizza Museum at Roosevelt Collection is free. No purchase is necessary and donations are voluntary.

  • Under Section 4-156-720 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, this performing arts venue may not charge an admission fee, minimum purchase requirement, membership fee, or other fee or charge imposed for the privilege of entering the premises. Any donations are purely voluntary”

Is there a minimum age requirement?

The U.S. Pizza Museum at Roosevelt Collection is all ages, but we ask that minors are accompanied by an adult.

Can I eat pizza there?

The U.S. Pizza Museum is not a restaurant and we encourage you to visit one of the many nearby pizzerias after your visit.

Where is this going to be?

Conveniently located at the Roosevelt Collection Shops in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood, surrounded by campuses, museums, sports arenas and other must-see attractions.

Is there parking?

There are two parking garage entrance/exit point. Accessible on the Plaza via Roosevelt Road and on Wells Street, south of Wells Street & 9th Street intersection. With validation, the first 2 hours of parking is free.

Street parking is available on 9th Street and Wells Street.

How can I get there by bus or train?

Train: Red, Green or Orange line to Roosevelt Road stop

Bus: Accessible by 12, 18, 24, and 62 buses

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U.S. Pizza Museum

1146 S Delano Ct W

Chicago, IL 60605

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