Like so many other civilizations, a sizable portion of the Italian diaspora worldwide currently and historically dwells in the United States.
According to a survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau in 2021, about 16 million Americans claimed to have Italian ancestry, which is consistent with data on the topic that can be found in the agency's historical records dating back decades.
Additionally, it indicates that some modifications have been made to traditional Italian recipes that were prepared in North American kitchens but that nonetheless retain their Bel Paese origins and little to no variance.
The calzone, which originated in Naples, is typically stuffed with meats, cheeses, and vegetables before being folded into a half-moon-shaped dough and either baked or fried, according to Britannica.
At your typical Italian-American pizza joint, calzones are less common than pies, but we have no idea why. Pizza is amazing, but these little melty pockets of joy need a lot more attention.
Unlike calzones, stromboli is a pinwheel-shaped enclosed sandwich topped with cold cuts of meats, veggies, and cheese. According to The Chicago Tribune, the stromboli originated in a Philadelphia pizza parlor.
Even while we hope to never be stuck in the low-calorie calzone zone, at least then we'll know we're not in stromboli country.