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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 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.

"Filippo Milone and the Forgotten Pizza Makers of New York City"

Presented by Peter Regas at the U.S. Pizza Museum

1146 S Delano Ct W, Chicago, IL 60605

Saturday, February 23, 2019; Doors 7pm, Event 7:30pm

Free admission w/online RSVP at


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