Q: When did pizzerias start selling pizzas by the slice?
A: In Naples, Italy, pizzas were traditionally eaten at the table using a fork and knife. But, when pizza made its way to New York City in the late 1800s/early 1900s, working-class folks did not have enough money to afford a full pie, nor the time to enjoy it at the table. To meet the needs of its customers, pizzerias in New York began selling pizzas by the slice to offer a cheaper and much more portable option.
Q: What is pizza al taglio?
A: Pizza al taglio is a staple of Roman cuisine. Al taglio pizza is sold by the slice, but with a twist – these slices are priced by the kilogram, rather than by quantity. At Rome’s al taglio shops, customers will guide the behind-the-counter server to get the exact size square they crave.
Q: What does “al taglio” mean?
A: The literal English translation of “al taglio” is “by the cut.” When a pizza shop serves pizza al taglio in the traditional fashion, they are offering their pizza by the slice, though there are no rules against ordering an entire pie.