Pizza bagel
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Pizza bagels with cheese
TypeBagel
CourseLunch
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateCleveland, Ohio
Main ingredientsBagel, tomato sauce, cheese
VariationsOther additional toppings

A pizza bagel is a bagel with pizza toppings, originating in the United States.

History

It's said[by whom?] that Anthony DeMauro invented the pizza bagel in 1959 at Amster's Bagel Bakery (now closed) in South Euclid, a suburb of Cleveland, OH. However, it was not until May 26, 1970, when Amster Pizza Bagel, Inc. submitted registration for Pizza Bagels to the US Copyright Office.[1] On October 1, 1970, Amster Pizza Bagel, Inc. registered for a product that contains 6 frozen pizza bagels in folding cartons with a net weight of 11 ounces (310 g).[2] Out of Cleveland's famous West Side Market, Frickaccio's sells their legendary pizza bagels. Theirs have been featured on the Food Network and were enjoyed by President Barack Obama during a lunchtime visit to West Side Market.

It is commonly accepted that it was not until 1974 at a Western Bagel in Woodland Hills, California, that 17-year-old store clerk Bruce Treitman created what is now known as the pizza bagel: a flattened bagel with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.[3][4]

In early 2014, Katz Bagel Bakery in Chelsea, Massachusetts claimed that Harry Katz invented a variation of this pizza bagel in 1970.[5] Unlike traditional pizza bagels, Katz' version is similar to a miniature pizza. Katz uses bagel dough without the hole, topped with cheese and tomato sauce.[4][6]

There are also claims that a Long Island-based Entenmann's delivery driver named Frank Cerabino invented the pizza bagel in 1968, having received a surplus of excess bagels from bakeries on his route.[citation needed]

Other uses

The term "pizza bagel" also means a person of Italian and Jewish descent.[7] This is most likely because pizza is a dish of Italian origin, and bagels are of Ashkenazi Jewish origin – and a combination of the two is a "pizza bagel."

Commercial distribution

The iconic and popular 'Bagel Bites' brand was inspired by the pizza bagel. Bagel Bites are a miniature, frozen version of the pizza bagel sold in commercial grocery stores.

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: Books, Pamphlets, Serials, and Contributions: January-June 1970". books.google.com. 1972. p. 66. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  2. ^ "The Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: Commercial Prints and Labels: July-December 1970". books.google.com. 1970. p. 59. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  3. ^ Balinska, Maria. The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread. Yale University Press.
  4. ^ a b Claire Carusillo, "Pizza Bagels: The Unlikeliest Feud in the East Coast/West Coast Rivalry", Eater, July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Christopher Hughes, "Inside Katz Bagel Bakery, Where You Can Eat Pizza Anytime", Boston Magazine, August 26, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  6. ^ Robert Lasson, "Brunch Begins in Chelsea", Boston Globe, March 12, 1972. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Pizza bagel". Jewish English Lexicon. Retrieved July 27, 2020.