You've got to love the internet. I was reading the blog DIGG co-founder Owen Byrne, noted the interesting Pizzaria picture at the top, could not make out the name, Googled the address, and wound up at Lombardi's Pizza in New York, which claims to be the world's first American Style Pizza and still the best as rated by Zagats and other sources:
In 1897 an Italian immigrant reinvented a Napoletana staple food into one of the worlds most eaten foods. New York City was the birth place of New York style pizza. During the year of 1905, Lombardi's was licensed by the City of New York, becoming America's First Pizzeria.
Hey, is this important history or what?
I should note that claims like this are not necessarily undisputed. In Philadelphia it seems there are a lot more than *one* inventor of the Philly Cheesesteak, but more about that on the next post....