Appetizing on the Lower East Side

Introduced by Eastern European Jews, who typically started their meals with cold appetizers, “Appetizing” is a Jewish contribution to the eclectic world of New York’s ethnic food traditions. Jewish dietary laws dictate that meat and dairy products must be separated. Since they cannot be eaten or sold together, they require separate shops. Stores selling cured…

Little Italy Food with the side-order of History

Lombardi’s (32 Spring St) Lombardi’s claims to be the very first pizzeria in the U.S. Moreover, it claims to be the birthplace of modern pizza as we know it. Gennaro Lombardi opened this pizzeria in 1905 and started using a coal oven for baking his pies – the step that converted the tinier and damper pizzas made…