America’s Favorite Foods: The Most Popular Foods in America
Another American-invented Italian restaurant classic. Food historians have restricted the place to New York, possibly Brooklyn or Queens, but exactly where is disputed. These were popular because restaurants could use up leftover pizza dough.
We owe the hamburger to Connecticut. In 1895, Louis Lassen of Louis' Lunch made steak sandwiches for workers by grinding up and grilling leftover beef. Voilà! Hamburger creation. You can visit the family-owned eatery in New Haven.