May 2, 2017

What is a Stromboli? The Facts You Need to Know

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Italian cuisine is one of the most popular ones around the world, known for their many gastronomic dishes. Pasta or pizza paired with wine and a lot of cheese? Who would say no to that?! But did you know that there are other variations of pizza, which is called a Stromboli! But what is a stromboli, exactly?

The name may have popped up a few times in local Italian pizza shops around America, but not a lot of people are familiar with its recipe. Some people even claim it's a calzone! But that's not what it is at all.

If you want to know the answer to "what is a stromboli?", then read on as I show you some facts and how you make this delicious dish!

What is a Stromboli?​

​If you're wondering where the stromboli came from, it's a bit vague. There are many stories of its origin, dating back to the 1950s.

The two known stories of its origin would be how the Romano's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria (near Philadelphia) created the stromboli from their Nazzareno Romano. Another story is from 1954, when Mike Aquino, a Sr. of Mike's Burger Royale in Washington, made a sandwich with chili. Both creations from Romano's and Mike Aquino come from a "stuffed" pizza pocket, containing Italian meats and cheese with Italian sauce.​

Both of them then named it a Stromboli, named after a movie starring Ingrid Bergman.

​So while it may (or may not!) have been created in an Italian pizza shop, it doesn't exactly come from Italian cuisine. But, it's made similarly to a calzone or pizza, where it has dough stuffed with various ingredients (namely, cheese and Italian meats). It is then rolled or braided then baked into a crispy golden complexion for serving!

There are many types of strombolis, depending on the flavor and stuffing you want inside. You can either find it in your local pizza shop or make it at home!

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What is the Difference Between a Stromboli and a Calzone?​

Now that you know what a stromboli is, what makes it different from the calzone?

A calzone is also a turnover with Italian meats and cheese, which is why many people seem to be confused and think of both dishes as the same one with just different names!

The main difference between a stromboli and a calzone would be its shape. A calzone starts off as a pizza dough with the form of a circle, then filled with stuffing and folded into half. Since it's a turnover and the toppings won't' spill, you have the choice to either fry or bake it.

You use a pizza dough with the shape of a SQUARE with Stromboli. It’s then filled with stuffing. After that, you roll the dough and form a log shape then bake it!

The sauce of the calzone would either be on the side or added on top of the already cooked calzone. For the stromboli, it would be inside the turnover already.

Its ingredients would also vary. Usually, you can make a calzone out of various cheeses and Italian meats. The stromboli can be done with just about any topping, stuffed into the turnover and baked.

The ingredients and flavors would all depend on the chef, so the main difference would not only be in its shame and origin but the shape it takes. But one thing's for sure; you should always have your calzone or stromboli with the sauce!

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​Tips on How to Make Stromboli

Making a stromboli is not rocket science. But it can get a bit messy, especially if you're not sure how to make one in the first place! Here are three valuable tips to help you out:​

  • It's best not to brush olive oil on the dough, as it will make it harder to seal together.
  • Don't add TOO much filling, as this ends up leaving your dough chewy or the toppings falling off.
  • Don't add a lot of pepperonis. Avoid it from overlapping or covering the whole dough, as the grease will make it harder to seal the dough together.

In Conclusion

​The Stromboli isn't the most traditional dish you can find in pizza shops, but it certainly is a tasty one! With a cool history and interesting recipe, you'll want to try it out or even bake one for yourself at home!

I hope that this article answers your question, "what is a stromboli?" At least you now know how it differs between the other Italian dishes out there and how you can make one as well! So don't wait any longer! Try this recipe and enjoy the burst of flavors today!

Do you have any questions or would like to share any information about the stromboli? Then comment down below! I would love to hear what you have to think.​

    Claire J. Ruiz

    I'm Claire, and my passion is cooking. I believe that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences. When we eat we become vulnerable because enjoying food requires a different level of trust and surrender to the person preparing your food. Sharing and enjoying food is one of the most intimate experiences in life.​

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