Pizza arrived in the USA, not surprisingly, with the Italian immigrants who came to the country in the late 19th Century. From that day pizza was sold throughout the Italian areas of the major cities from stands in the street. The original way pizza was sold in the street in Naples would have been in large cylindrical drums with false bottoms containing hot coals to keep it warm.
Officially The First Pizzeria?… Gennaro Lombardi was an immigrant who arrived in New York and settled in Little Italy in Manhattan. A grocer by trade, he opened a grocery store in 1897 and it is believed he opened the first pizzeria in 1905 having been granted a license. This came about when his assistant Antonio Totonnio Pero started making the pizzas for sale in the store. Being a poor area people would come in and ask how much they could have for whatever money they had, and would duly receive a slice relative to their funds. Totonnio later went his own way and set up his own pizzeria down in Coney Island.
Yet Another Claim To Being The First One Frank Pepe claims he opened up his Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven Connecticut before