How Pepperoni Emerged as America’s Go-to Pizza Topping

Long live pepperoni.

The following article, written by Naomi Tomky, appears on Thrillist.


Italian immigrants may have brought pizza to the United States, but the country’s most beloved topping, pepperoni, is an entirely American concept.

Peperoni (with a single “p”) means a large pepper in Italian.

Pepperoni (double “p”) means…absolutely nothing. What Americans call pepperoni might be called salame piccante, a generic term meaning “spicy salami” in Italy, explains travel writer Geraldine DeRuiter.

DeRuiter, whose mother moved to the U.S. from Italy, says she always thought it was weird that kids were excited about a pepper-topped pizza growing up. Continue reading at Thrillist.

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