All this week Whoopee is celebrating National Pizza Month.  Whoopee is featuring a different "Pizza Place of the Day" each day this week, encouraging listeners to email the station at win@whup.com that day’s "Pizzas Place of the Day" for a chance to win a free pie.

Today Whoopee is featuring Zucco’s Family Restaurant on Dalton Ave in Pittsfield.  Today’s winner of a free pizza from Zucco’s is Thelma Schofield.   Thelma’s name was randomly drawn from all of today’s entries.  Today Zucco's is offering two 14-inch cheese pizzas for $13.99.

According to the Wikipedia pizza was brought to the United States by immigrants of Italian heritage late in the nineteenth century.  It is documented that the first pizzeria in the U.S. was Lombardi’s in New York city in 1905.  I am happy to report that Lombardi’s is still open to this day.

World War II Veterans returning from the war were introduced to the Italian cuisine overseas and help spread the word and helped developed pizza’s popularity and demand state-side.

The development of pizza dates back to the 6th century BC by Persian soldiers who would bake flatbreads with cheese on the top of their battle shields.  It was the Greeks according to Wikipedia that took the flatbread to another level by adding oils, herbs and cheese.  The Italians then took the concept to an even higher level adding additional ingredients to what evolved into the modern pizza we are familiar with today.

With all this talk of pizza I know were I am headed…Zucco’s Family Restaurant in celebration of Whoopee’s "Pizza Place of the Day."  Mangia!

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