Frank Pica Sr. started making pizza in 1941. I like this saying from the first link: “If you look closely, you can see that small pizzas were $.75 and large pizzas were $1.00. (Those were the days.) The stairwell led upstairs to a “more formal dining room”, where men had to be accompanied by ladies in order to eat upstairs; house rules and no exceptions were made.”
Lol, the men had to be accompanied by the ladies in order to eat upstairs.
This was a pizza Steve enjoyed in the past. He never really watched a lot how they made them years ago and doesn’t even remember if they used a deck oven or not before, but does remember enjoying Pica’s pizzas. Steve hadn’t had a Pica’s pizza in a lot of years either.
This sure was a really different pizza. It is called a “square pizza”. I sure don’t know how they were made years ago, but found it very interesting watching how the dough is rolled out in a sheeter, then also automatically cut in the same machine. The dough is then place in a steel pan and the cheese is automatically applied by another piece of interesting machinery. I saw so many pies going into and out of those pieces of machinery and really wondered what was going to happen with all those pies. I sure didn’t see many of them getting baked in the conveyor oven.
This pizza was really different and really good. I was glad Steve took me to Pica’s pizza. I purchased this pie. Note the bottom lining in the box. I guess that is used so the crust doesn’t get soggy. This pizza was served piping hot.