Pepperoni has captured the hearts and taste buds of pizza lovers around the world, and it’s considered one of the best pizza toppings by many. But is pepperoni considered Italian cuisine? Not exactly. So what is pepperoni, and where does it come from? Supplying the best pizza, wings, calzones, and other Italian cuisine to Jackson, New Jersey, Inzillo’s Pizza has the answer.

Italian or American?

Pepperoni is most accurately described as Italian-American. The air-dried spicy sausage actually originated in the United States, not Italy. However, it was Italian-Americans who invented the smoky, spicy delicacy with inspiration from the flavors and curing methods of southern Italian salamis.

What Does “Pepperoni” Mean?

It’s a bit of a misnomer to referrer to this pizza staple as “pepperoni,” because in Italian the word means “bell peppers.” However, by now pepperoni has made a name for itself, and it can be considered a gift from the cultural fusion of immigration.  

How Is It Made?

pizzaPepperoni is a combination of finely ground pork and beef. The meat is typically spiced with garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper, though there are variations. The mixture is cured with salt and nitrate, then refrigerated for several days. Finally, the sausage is air-dried in a humidity controlled smoke chamber.

Other Italian-American Pepperoni Dishes

While most people are familiar with pepperoni pizza, even pepperoni lovers may not be aware of all the ways to use this delicious sausage. Some other pepperoni-centric dishes you could try include calzones, strombolis, a pepperoni penne salad, antipasto skewers, and a delicious pepperoni casserole!

Hungry yet? Whether you have a craving for a classic pepperoni pizza, wings, calzones, pasta, or hot Italian subs, Inzillo’s Pizza has you covered. Check out their menu online or give them a call to at (732) 370-0310 to satisfy your craving. Inzillo’s Pizza offers delivery and catering service in the Jackson, NJ area. You can also connect with the staff on Facebook.