Grandma pizza is a distinct pizza that originates from Long Island, New York. It is a thin, square pizza, typically with cheese and tomatoes and is reminiscent of pizzas cooked at home by Italian housewives without a pizza oven.[1] The pizza is often compared to Sicilian pizza.

Grandma pizza
Grandma pizza
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateLong Island, New York
Main ingredientsPizza dough, tomato sauce, cheese, tomatoes


The origins of grandma pizza can be traced back to the early 20th century in Long Island when Italian immigrants from southern Italy would try to replicate some of the food and pizza from their home country with what few ingredients they had available. This eventually morphed into a pizza that would be made at home with simple ingredients in their kitchens. Due to the humble beginnings and background of the pizza, it was dubbed "grandma pizza" since it was rarely made outside of a home kitchen and mainly made by first-generation immigrants.[1] Pizzerias rarely sold this type of pizza.

Although having existed for decades, grandma pizza was not well known outside of Long Island and many in New York did not even know about the style. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, the pizza become more popular with many pizzerias offering it.[2] This was mainly due to people who had grown up eating grandma pizza finally being able to open up their own pizzerias and offer the pizza as a sign of respect and homage to what they ate.[3]


A grandma pizza is usually cooked in an olive-oil coated pan with the dough shaped in a rectangle. Cheese is usually placed on first with the sauce going on top of the pizza rather than under the cheese. It is then put into a regular kitchen oven to bake, although now many pizzerias also use their own wood-fired ovens or stone ovens. After it is done baking, it is cut into small squares for serving.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Rosengarten, David (August 15, 2013). "Za-Za-Zoom: The 'Grandma Pizza' Forges Ahead In New York". Forbes. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Marcus, Erica (September 10, 2008). "Grandma Pizza: The Full Story". Newsday. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Shott, Chris (March 12, 2015). "Hip to Be Square: Grandma Pizza Is a New York Original". Food Republic. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Spiegel, Alison (December 18, 2014). "Grandma Pie May Be the Best Thing to Ever Come out of Long Island". HuffPost. Retrieved March 6, 2019.