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July 19, 2019Cart


by WAG
by WAG

A slice of history

The family behind Posa Posa in Nanuet includes, from left, owners John Mandara with son, Marc, and Michael Aiello with father, Steven. Courtesy Posa Posa.
Johnny's Pizzeria. Courtesy Johnny's Pizzeria.

A day consisting of some American history and pizza? Sign us up.

The owners of Johnny’s Pizzeria in Mount Vernon and Posa Posa in Nanuet will share some of the secrets in their tasty pies along with three other participants at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration with a new exhibit “A Slice of History: Pizza in America” that opens June 12.

An opening-day event is set from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 12, but if you don’t have time to go inside, don’t worry. You can grab a free slice straight from the oven outside of the entrance. Oh, and feel free to hang around as there will be a live band playing.

Posa Posa’s story begins in 1949, when Alfonso Mandara emigrated from the Amalfi Coast and would eventually open up his shop in 1984.

For Johnny’s, the family tradition goes back to 1905 when owner Joseph Piscopo’s grandfather emigrated from Naples, eventually opening the pizzeria in 1942.

Those with a hunger for pizza history can learn more about these families – and their pizza – at the event.

To get to the event, take the ferry service from either Liberty State Park in Jersey City or from Battery Park in downtown Manhattan.

We hope you have a slice day!

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– Olivia D’Amelio