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panuozzo

pizza-panini bread

Panuozzo or panozzo was invented in 1983 by Giuseppe Mascolo of Gragnano, who wanted to make something his kids would like, so took some pizza dough, stretched it out in a long oval, baked it, cut it open and filled with mozzarella and pancetto, then briefly baked it again until it was crispy. His 13-year old daughter suggested calling it panuozzo and the name stuck. In 1996, the family trademarked the name.

Panuozzi are a popular street food: friarielli and sausage are a popular filling, but you can even find them with steak and potatoes.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Mess, Creative Commons License