What is Utica Style Tomato Pie

Mar 29, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Lite 98.7

There are a few cities in America known for Tomato Pie. A Providence and Trenton both do versions of the dish.

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Still on my High Horse

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Apr 2, 2012
 
Not Pizza wrote:
Lets face it. Most of our relatives whom live outside of this area look at us in sorrow. Not because of our famous peasant quisine we have to offer(wet pizza without cheese and chicken goulash with milk that we call riggies)But rather for the fact that we get on Topix and fight about it. LMAO. Lets face it, we all couldve done better.
Obviously you are a Stronzo.
Cuisine is with a C, not a Q.
Wet pizza? As opposed to Dry pizza? Tomato Pie is a spin on traditional Sicilian pizza (thick crust) as opposed to Neapolitan which is thin. I bet you're too much of a Testa Dura to realize there are variations on Italian foods.
They both also use different types of cheese and the application of the sauce is different too.
And yes, there is Cheese-less pizza, for Vegans and those who are Lactose intolerant.

Chicken Riggies is Goulosh? Tell that to a Hungarian and he'll kick your Stugots off.
True European Goulosh is made with chunks of meat or pork, not poultry. It's more a a stew and it doesnt use tomatoes.
You are confused with American Goulosh or American Chop Suey, which is ground beef, with onions, peppers, red tomato sauce and elbow macaroni, ziti or flat noodles. Riggies are made with Rigitoni, hence Riggies. Go learn your varous pastas.
Milk? Try Heavy Cream.(But I'm sure you're used to Man Cream and Knuckle Gravy).
What's next? You gonna say Utica Greens is just Spinach and Capicola?
Tired of complaining

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On a lighter note here are some Tomato Pie and Utica facts for those that dont know or want to know:

Tomato pie is commonly regarded as unique to Italian-American populations. Unlike typical New York-style pizza, which is closely related to Neapolitan pizza, tomato pie is derived heavily from Sicilian pizza, and as such can be found in predominantly Sicilian-American communities.

The basic recipe for tomato pie calls for a thick, porous, focaccia-like dough covered with tomato sauce, more like a pizza than a covered pie, then sprinkled with grated romano cheese. Many bakeries and pizzerias have their own variation on this formula. It is not usually served straight from the oven, but allowed to cool and then consumed at room temperature or reheated. Like Sicilian pizza, tomato pie is baked in a large aluminum pan and served in square slices.

Tomato pie can be found throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area, Providence, Rhode Island, and to a lesser extent in downstate New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, especially in and around Italian communities. Notable locations serving the dish are Trenton, New Jersey; Lewes, Delaware; the Norristown, Pennsylvania, and Utica, New York.

As evidenced by period photographs of O'scugnizzo's Pizza in East Utica, New York, tomato pie was sold as early as 1914. Along with chicken riggies, and "utica greens", tomato pie is regarded as an idiomatic part of Utica Italian-American cuisine.
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Apr 2, 2012
 
Tired of complaining wrote:
On a lighter note here are some Tomato Pie and Utica facts for those that dont know or want to know:
Tomato pie is commonly regarded as unique to Italian-American populations. Unlike typical New York-style pizza, which is closely related to Neapolitan pizza, tomato pie is derived heavily from Sicilian pizza, and as such can be found in predominantly Sicilian-American communities.
The basic recipe for tomato pie calls for a thick, porous, focaccia-like dough covered with tomato sauce, more like a pizza than a covered pie, then sprinkled with grated romano cheese. Many bakeries and pizzerias have their own variation on this formula. It is not usually served straight from the oven, but allowed to cool and then consumed at room temperature or reheated. Like Sicilian pizza, tomato pie is baked in a large aluminum pan and served in square slices.
Tomato pie can be found throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area, Providence, Rhode Island, and to a lesser extent in downstate New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, especially in and around Italian communities. Notable locations serving the dish are Trenton, New Jersey; Lewes, Delaware; the Norristown, Pennsylvania, and Utica, New York.
As evidenced by period photographs of O'scugnizzo's Pizza in East Utica, New York, tomato pie was sold as early as 1914. Along with chicken riggies, and "utica greens", tomato pie is regarded as an idiomatic part of Utica Italian-American cuisine.
..thank you.nice post and very informative.
shut the f up

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Apr 2, 2012
 
Not Pizza wrote:
<quoted text>Okay, I have to surrender. You had to mention the greens. That is the one thing that I can only find here that taste so awesome. Not sure if its a Utica classic or not but hands down it should be.
Lol Not Pizza. Its all in good fun anyways. Although I admit I had no idea who Virginia was. I googled it.:)
Eastside

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Tomato-Pie is a part of Utica's Italian culture. If you don't like it, don't eat it...Period!
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#49
Apr 3, 2012
 
Poster #38 Mama Mia..Thanks for agreeing with me!!!! Obviously "Corny" is "Nutty" and should call himself or herself that..LOL... Really thinks he/she knows so much right??? Obviously lacking attention and that's why he/she posts nonsense about something he/she has no clue about. Really should get the hell out of here cuz we don't need to give attention to a-holes like him/her!!!
Why

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Why do people always want to cut down Utica?
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#51
Jun 11, 2012
 
I am not from Utica, and have never lived there. I married a Utica native, though, and on our visits there with his family over the past 35-40 years, I've sampled most of the great Italian-American food Utica offers. However, until 2003, I had never had the pleasure of Tomato Pie. No one had ever mentioned it to me and I'd never encountered it until I discovered it on a buffet table at a family friend's party. OMG. It was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Whenever we go back there now, I have to have it. Anyone have a favorite source in Utica or New Hartford?
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#52
Jun 11, 2012
 
my a$$. as if one day some a$$wipe from utica first tasted a piece of escarole and said hey lets saute it with garlic and oil. then another tard from utica later on said hey lets throw in some pecorino,breadcrumbs,maybe some cappacolla,or prosuitto,or any other cured meat with some funfin cherry peppers and call it utica greens. people were eating this wayu before utica was even thought of and what a sad thought your freakin hick town is. you people are no different from those inbreeds from camden.
cold wet cheeseless pizza

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Jun 11, 2012
 
Eastside wrote:
Tomato-Pie is a part of Utica's Italian culture. If you don't like it, don't eat it...Period!
Yes and how fitting!
Only a ootican would try to pass of a cold soggy wet half a pizza with no cheese as some" cuisine".
Pure proof positive that uticans are fking crazy and full of themselves and desperate to make nothing look ilke something.
cold wet cheeseless pizza

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Only in ootica does something like a runny ghetto pizza pass for "culture"!!! LMAO!
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they serve better food at soup kitchens than in that bug infested utica. sauce and bread anyone?
Utica is for fakes

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cold wet cheeseless pizza wrote:
Only in ootica does something like a runny ghetto pizza pass for "culture"!!! LMAO!
People from utica are genetic disasters that are full of themselves, and can't look at their city the way outsiders see it because they've been stuck there all their lives staring at cops coons and power line rat snares and listening to lies and excuses about why the people they pay for services are total utter failures from the cops to the doctors. This area really should be quarantined and nuked with them still in it to save the rest of the human race and America all the dirty shame and embarrassment
better off hungry

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than to eat your hick food.how sad is it when your biggest or most famous culinary delight is tomato pie or chicken riggies keep dating your sisters upstaters.
larrylive

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#58
Aug 6, 2013
 
and I was hopeing to good things about Tomato Pie, I need to get out more often, obviously Pulaski and Camden have some fine original dishes that I must sample. Any Suggestions?
larrylive

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#59
Aug 6, 2013
 
Tomato Pie: Also known as Old Fashion, this wonderful light pizza option has no mozzarella, but a light dusting of grated Pecorino Romano. The story behind this also serves as the name of our concept. Mostly prevalent in Upstate NY and New Jersey, this square pan baked pizza is a result of all the Italian Matriarchs responsible for cooking the “gravy” each week, having to create a last line of defense preventing theft of the new sauce simmering on the stove. They would scoop out the remains of last week's sauce onto a home risen dough and bake it to a golden brown, leave it on the countertop and steer the hungry masses to it as a way of keeping the hunger at bay
Truth

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#60
Aug 6, 2013
 
Not Pizza wrote:
When I moved here and first seen tomato pie, I couldnt understand the attraction. I tried it and just the temperture turned me off. Its like cold cheap pizza with no cheese. Must be a poor Italian dinner.
Actually it's more of a snack-ish appetizer
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#61
Aug 6, 2013
 
Truth wrote:
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Actually it's more of a snack-ish appetizer
After reading all this, now I am hungry for Tomato Pie!

Since: Jul 12

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#62
Aug 6, 2013
 
alot of times ill take tomatoe pie and put it in the toaster oven at 350 for 5 minutes... its delicious

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