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The History of Pizza


The queen loved the bread, and decided to take matters into her own hands. Summoning Chef Rafaelle Esposito from his pizzeria to the royal palace, the queen ordered him to bake a selection of pizzas for her pleasure. To honour the queen, who was beloved by her subjects, Rafaelle decided to make her something very special. He baked a pizza topped with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fresh basil (to represent the colors of the Italian flag — red, white, and green).

Today, Pizza has admirers all over the world! Their pizza creations have flair, style, colors and flavours that reflect every cultural taste and appetite. There are an almost endless combination of pizzas, offering ingredients such as anchovies, black olives, bell peppers, crab, Canadian-Style Bacon, Chicken, Crushed Garlic, Fresh tomatoes, Hot crushed peppers, eggplant, pineapple, onions, olive oil, sliced or ground pepperoni, meatballs, sausage, shrimp, Jolina cheese and much, much more….

At Sicilian Gourmet Pizza & Pasta, you will notice the difference these quality ingredients make. Everything we serve is homemade: the pizza crust, the sauces — we even pick the fresh vegetables ourselves! We use “real” whole-milk mozzarella cheese, and our select meat toppings really make a difference. But that’s not all – our signature pizzas are cooked on stainless steel screens to create a nicely textured, crispy, golden brown crust that is especially delicious. The dough is hand shaped and stretched by our talented pizza chefs, who rhythmically toss it with aerobatic precision (we made the ceilings higher to allow for this incredible feat), before placing each one on the cooking screens and carefully topping them with ladles-full of delicious homemade pizza sauce and special Italian seasonings. The pizzas are then covered generously with thin-sliced, whole milk mozzarella cheese.

More than just Pizza!
The Sicily Gourmet Pizza Menu

Siciliano: Zesty Sauce, Jolina Cheese, Fresh Garlics, Shrimp, Roasted Red Peppers, Artichokes, Broccoli, & Pesto Sauce. The food of love and generosity – a true Sicilian concoction! Sicily is a subtropical island known for its warmth, hospitality and delightfully authentic, rich flavors – La lagenda … Mangia bene (it’s an offer you can’t refuse).

Greek: Zesty Tomato Sauce, Fresh Garlic, Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, Black Olives, Red Onions, Jolina Cheese, Oregano, Basil.
There is no myth about this Greek Mediterranean concoction: it wasn’t Helen they came for…it was this recipe!

Romano: Roasted Garlic, Jolina Cheese, Zesty Sauce, Grilled Chicken, Spinach, Jalapeno Peppers, Sundried Tomatoes, & Parmesan Cheese. Hail Caesar! He’ll conquer your taste buds.

Veggie Veneto: Zesty Sauce, Jolina Cheese, Eggplant, Zucchini, Fresh Garlic, Sundried Tomatoes, Red Onions. It’s extra tasty and extra healthy — Mom wants you to have this one. Veneto is a simple and charming region, known romantic gondolas, history and art. Our namesake pizza offers simple tastes, in an elegant combination.

Mediteterraneano: Zesty Sauce, Fresh Garlic, Jolina Cheese, Eggplant, Zucchini, Broccoli, Red Onions, Feta Cheese & Herbs. Close your eyes and take a bite…you’re already there.

Milano: (No Tomato Sauce), Pesto Olive Oil Sauce, Fresh Garlic, Jolina Cheese, Artichoke Hearts, Asparagus, Anchovies, & Roasted Red Peppers. Milan is the center of fine arts and trust us, this is a work of art for your eyes and your taste buds.

Milan is famous for its culinary contribution to the world, and our Milano Pizza captures the rich and authentic flavors of quality ingredients indigenous to the region. Whatever kind of pizza you prefer, you can always find something to your liking in Milan. No man is lonely eating pizza, it requires so much attention.

Hawaii Hawaiian: Zesty tomato sauce, Jolina cheese, black forest ham, bacon strips, pineapple, bacon crumble & cheddar cheese.

The night of the Royal party was only a week away. All of the women in the village were busy getting their costumes ready. There would also be prizes given for the most original and colorful food creation. King Lahani was to judge the creations by tasting a bite of each. Kawika wanted to impress the great Hawaiian king, so her father told her to be proud of being Hawaiian. She fashioned an old-style Hawaiian bread and used her imagination to combine traditional ingredients with the abundance of fruit on the island. The Hawaiian pizza captures the wonderful tastes of the island with freshness and style. Aloha!

Canadiano: Zesty Sauce, Jolina Cheese, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, strips of Bacon, Black Forest Ham, Bacon Crumble, Chddar Cheese & Herbs. Great with a pitcher of beer after the game, eh? The Canadian Natives mastered the art of flat bread making in clay ovens similar to those used by the Mediterraneans.

Mexicano: Zesty Tomato Sauce, Fresh Garlic, Jolina Cheese, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Jalapeño Peppers, Ground Beef, Monterey Jack, Salsa & Herbs. It’s no Montezuma’s revenge, but this still has kick! Our Mexicano Pizza is a mix of the most popular and traditional ingredients you’ll find anywhere in Mexico. Spicy, rich and mouth watering!

Persian: Fresh Garlic, Spinach, Eggplant, Sundried Tomatoes, Red Onions, Grilled Chicken, & Goat Cheese. With love from Ghandi and friends.

Americano: Zesty Tomato Sauce, Roasted Garlic, Mozzarella, Mushrooms, Pepperoni, Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Red Onions, Smoked Bacon & Herbs. Think of Little Italy, New York…One bite and Budda Boom, that’s Amore!


Pizza-like concoctions migrated to America with the Italians in the latter half of the 19th Century. By the early 1900’s, pizza had made its way into the inner cities with different pizza styles, and was introduced to Chicago by a peddler. Celebrities of Italian origin, such as Jerry Colonna, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante and Joe DiMaggio all devoured pizzas.


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