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Legends of Pizza, Volume 3 Evelyn Sloman: The Lost Interviews
Part 2 2) Pizza Vending Machines: Lew's
3) Jan's Outstanding Pizza
Legends of Pizza ® Volume 1will be unlike anything you have ever
read. You will learn, and explore hidden areas of pizza beliefs and knowledge. Never before have these Legends of Pizza®been given such a forum. You will be inspired. You will smile. You will gain pizza power. You will be engaged. You will discover things about pizza you never knew or imagined.
Listen to the
Interview Part 2 Below
Evelyn discusses how pizza came to the United
She explains how she gained her knowledge
about how to make pizza
Who was the very first pizzaiolo in the
Why bread baking is closely related to pizza
How U.S. pizza is different from Italian
What is the "Lombardi Formula"
What did Evelyn learn from the Jerry Totonno
and Jerry Lombardi
How the skill of pizza making "flowed out of
Lombardi's and Totonno's fingers"
How to "listen to the dough"
Why the Italians give their dough a "rest"
Thank you so much Evelyn: You are a Legend
by Evelyn Sloman is out of print
(If you can find a copy: grab it! It is a priceless book!)
The Pizza Book: Everything There is to Know About the World's
[Times Books: New York] 1984
Evelyn Sloman is referenced in this New York
2) Pizza Vending
Marty sent me the following article from the New York
Times about Pizza Vending Machines in Italy.
"Is Europe bringing back the automat? Claudio Torghele hopes
Over the last decade, Mr. Torghele, 56, an entrepreneur in
this northern Italian city who first made money selling pasta in California,
has developed a vending machine that cooks pizza. The machine does not just
slip a frozen pizza into a microwave. It actually whips up flour, water,
tomato sauce and fresh ingredients to produce a piping hot pizza in about
The article goes on to explain how through various testing
different devices the developers were able to create a viable machine that
will actually make pizzas...
I wish I had met Lew Cenotti. He was a famous pizza maker
from West Haven, Connecticut who made pizza from 1950's-1978. His pizzeria "Lew's
Apizza" served legendary pizzas and incredible subs. I know I would
have enjoyed our conversations. He was a dedicated father, husband and pizza
professional. His wife, Louise, was known as "Mrs. Lew!"
"One of Lew's many accomplishments in addition to the
first frozen pizza, was the first Pizza Vending Machine. The machine, which
actually created pizza before your eyes, was featured at the "World's
Fair". This machine made pizza which was a smaller version of the pizza
served at "Lew's Apizza".
You can view more pictures and read all about the "Pie-O-Matic"
Pizza machine at this link:
Dateline: Mid 1950s - 132 Middletown Avenue, North Haven
Lew Cenotti shown above with his invention, the worlds first
Pizza Vending Machine. Keep in mind, this machine which was invented by Lew in
the mid 1950's, was featured at the Worlds Fair, and has yet to be duplicated
some decades later.
Lew went on to create and market what was, to the best of my
knowledge, the world first frozen pizza, which was sold in grocery stores under
the “Pizza King” label.
Some years later, Lew became well known for making the best
tasting pizza in all ofWest
Haven, which is located inConnecticut,
at “Lew's Apizza”. The family pizzeria was owned and operated by Lew and his
lovely wife Louise who provided him with all the love and support that a man
could ask for as well as 3 sons, Lenny, Phil and Steve.
Lew also created the extremely popular “Atomic Sub”, similar to
today's calzone, but better tasting and always freshly baked when ordered using
Lew's hand tossed dough. It was a big seller at Lew's Apizza.
While Lew Cenotti only had what amounted to an eighth grade
formal education, he was a man well ahead of his time as his accomplishments
mentioned above shows, but he was also Spiritually way ahead of his time. The
Spiritual Truths he spoke about, and tried to teach us, his sons, as well as
others so many years ago have just become accepted and popular by people all
over the world only during the past few years, and many are getting rich giving
seminars and selling tapes teaching what Lew taught anyone willing to listen
(regrettably most weren’t) for free.
I have yet to this very day, been able to find a pizza that
tastes even half as good, both the crust and the toppings, and is anywhere near
as large as one of his, or a pizza restaurant that has the wonderful aromas of
his fresh baking bread, large meatballs, and the best pizza sauce I ever tasted.
FRONT VIEW OF PIE-O-MATIC PIZZA MACHINE
It really did work too. You put in your coins, If I remember
correctly, it was about seventy five cents, chose the type of pizza you wanted
by pushing the corresponding button, and before you knew it you had a delicious,
which of course was a bit smaller than what you got in Lew's pizzeria.
OPEN-DOOR VIEW OF PIZZA MACHINE
Here you can see a very small portion of the inside of the pizza
machine. It was pretty complex for it's time, although you can’t really
appreciate that due to the quality and age of these photos. Also, they were
taken with a camera that wasn’t exactaly state-of-the-art equipment even at that
Birth: Aug. 11, 1911,
Death: Jan. 6, 1991
New Haven County
Lewis Cenotti was the son of Angelo and Maria Cenotti and was born
in Caiazzo, Italy on August 11, 1911. He lived in West Haven,
Connecticut for 60 years.
He was a World War Two Army Veteran, serving in the Pacific
war zone with the 502nd Medical Hospital Ship.
Mr. Cenotti, who retired in 1978 as owner of Lew's Apizza in
West Haven for 20 years, invented a pizza vending machine in the
1950's and also founded Pie-O-Matic Corp. in North Haven, Ct.
Besides his wife, Louise, he leaves three sons, Lewis "Lenny"
Cenotti of Orange, California, Philip Cenotti of Lake Elsinore,
California, and Steven Cenotti of West Haven, Ct; and a brother,
Stephen Cenotti of Hamden.
He was predeceased by a sister, Angela Cenotti; and two brothers,
John and Domini Cenotti.
The Cenotti Family
Lew and Mrs. Lew
God Bless you Lew. and thank you for all of the joy you brought to people making