Pizza Vending Machines Come and Go...But the Pie-O-Matic will live forever...
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 so.
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 three minutes..."
The article goes on to explain how through various testing different devices the developers of Let's Pizza were able to create a viable machine that will actually make pizzas...
You can read the entire article here.
According to the Let's Pizza Website:
Let's Pizza is the only machine able to create pizza by kneading it on the spot and adding only fresh ingredients; water, flour, tomatoes, mozzarella and various toppings.And the company goes on to explain: "The pizza is untouched by human hands..."
The aroma and the taste of an Italian pizza made with only the best Italian products at any time of the day or night in a practical takeaway cardboard box is ready for you.
Let's Pizza is innovative, yes. But not the first pizza vending machine...
Lew Cennoti a pizzaiolo from Connecticut was light years ahead of his time. Lew is reported to have invented the first frozen pizza. He also invented the first pizza vending machine known as The Pie-O-Matic.
Lew Cenotti's Pie-O-Matic
I wish I had met Lew Cenotti. He was from West Haven, Connecticut and 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".
His son Stephen, who along with his two brothers (Lenny and Phil), lived upstairs from "Lew's Apizza" reports:
"Every morning around 6:00 AM he would go downstairs and mix the dough, by hand, fresh everyday. He would also shape some of the dough into loaves of bread. Don't take my word for it. Ask ANYBODY who lived in West Haven then..."
You can view more pictures and read all about the "Pie-O-Matic" Pizza machine at this link:
Lew Cenotti's Pie-O-Matic
Thanks Lew. You were an exrta-ordinary pizzaiolo!
pizza in heaven,
The Pizza Promoter
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