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Pizza Pie Day, also commonly known as National Pizza Day and National Pizza Pie Day, is a day for eating pizza. Pie-shaped flatbreads with toppings were first eaten in Naples in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At the time, this coastal city was not part of Italy, but its own kingdom. The working poor, or lazzaroni, lived outside or in small homes, and needed cheap food. Pizza consisted of flatbread with toppings such as tomatoes, garlic, cheese, anchovies, and oil, and it was sold by street vendors and informal restaurants, and eaten for any meal.
Pizza did not gain a foothold in Italy at the time, and it was in the United States, where Neapolitans immigrated to, that pizza gained in popularity. The first pizzeria in the United States was Lombardi's, which was started in New York City in 1905. Lombardi's is still in business, and although it is in a new location, the original oven is still in use. Neapolitans brought pizza to many other cities, including Trenton, New Haven, St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston. Pizza became popular all over the country, especially following World War II. Many styles of crusts and different toppings became popular in different regions. Eventually, pizza made its way back to Italy, as well as to other parts of the world.
Syracuse offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron (60) waves to the fans before the Orange's 2022 season opener on Sept. 3. Bergeron is one of three SU players invited to the NFL Combine. Dennis Nett | email@example.com
Matthew Bergeron rounds out trio of Syracuse players invited to 2023 NFL Combine (PS; Leiker)
The NFL released the list of all 319 draft prospects invited to the 2023 NFL Combine on Wednesday.
Three Syracuse football players made the list, two of whom had already shared their invites: running back Sean Tucker, cornerback Garrett Williams and offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron.
The NFL Combine will take place Feb. 27 through March 6 in Indianapolis. Position groups will arrive at the combine in waves and live drills begin on March 2. The combine will air on NFL Network.
Bergeron, who attracted heaps of praise at last week’s Senior Bowl, was expected to earn an invitation. Wednesday’s list was the first confirmation he’d actually received one. Projected as a mid-to-late second rounder by the NFL Mock Draft Database, he’s likely to be SU’s highest draft pick this April.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had Bergeron as the No. 6 offensive tackle in the country in his most recent positional rankings. Pro Football Focus has him as the No. 9 player at his position.
Tucker is in Florida doing his offseason training and is expected to return to the Salt City for SU’s Pro Day after the combine. Williams is still rehabbing from his midseason ACL tear and will be limited in his combine participation.
Notably left off the combine invitation list was linebacker Mikel Jones. Jones has not appeared on draft lists like Tucker, Williams and Bergeron but started in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and was a third-time All-ACC selection this year.
Sean Tucker could provide important offensive redundancy in 2023 (hoghaven.com; SmithforGM)
Sean Tucker, RB
School: Syracuse | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 5’10” / 205 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Rounds 3-4
Player Comp: Knowshon Moreno
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