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Pizza Joints in Fairfield IA

October 23, 2010

Q: How many pizza joints have there been in Fairfield, IA?

A: The earliest restaurant in Fairfield with Pizza in its name was Mostly Pizza.
The Fairfield pizza joints in chronological order:

● Mostly Pizza, operated by George Ferguson at 505 N. 2nd,, Fairfield, IA opened probably in 1959: certainly between March 1959 and February 1960. His hours were 5 PM to Midnight, Mon-Fri, and 5 PM to 1:30 AM on Saturday.

Next:
● George’s Pizza, owned by George Terzopoulos, opened at 108 W. Burlington, Fairfield, IA in 1961 or 1962: certainly sometime between May 1961 and January 1963. His hours were 4 PM to 1 AM.

1964:
Of the 18 restaurants listed in the 1964 Fairfield IA Directory, three had pizza in their name:
● Capri Pizza at 115 W. Broadway
● George’s Pizza at 108 W. Burlington
● Mostly Pizza at 505 N. 2nd St.

1977:
Of the 13 restaurants listed in the 1977 Fairfield IA Directory, two had pizza in their name:
● George’s Pizza at 108 W. Burlington
● Pizza Hut at 1310 W. Burlington

1984:
Of the 20 restaurants listed in the 1984 Fairfield IA Directory, three had pizza in their name:
● Pizza Hut at 1310 W. Burlington
● Torino’s Pizza & Steak House at 115 W. Broadway (where Capri Pizza was)
● Zorba’s Pizza & Steak House at 108 W. Burlington (where George’s Pizza was)
● Buckboard Annie’s at 50 E. Burlington was not listed as a pizza place, but Rory thinks it may have served pizza.

1986:
Of the 18 restaurants listed in the 1986 Fairfield IA Directory, four had pizza in their name:
● Big City Pizza at 505 N. 3rd
● Pizza Hut at 1310 W. Burlington
● Torino’s Pizza & Steak House at 115 W. Broadway
● Zorba’s Pizza & Steak House at 108 W. Burlington

Around 1986 there was a Sicilian restaurant (name escapes me) with a pizza oven at 112 N. Main, Fairfield IA, run by the owner, Francesco Volponi. The following year he sold the place to the Howlands, who opened Revelations Cafe and have served award-winning pizza.

New Pizza Restaurants by 1995:
● Paul Revere’s Pizza at 51 S. Court
● Breadeaux Pizza at 101 W. Broadway

2001 to 2003:
● Calabros, owned by Steve Winn. In service station across from Everybody’s.

Changes by 2005:
● Breadeaux Pizza had moved from 101 W. Broadway to 53-55 E. Broadway
● George’s Pizza (previously at 108 W. Burlington) was now at 57 W. Broadway

Now (2010):
Fairfield IA now has about 35 restaurants; at least eight serve pizza:
● Casey’s Carry Out Pizza, 1309 S. Main
● George’s Pizza at 57 W. Broadway
● Istanbul Grill at 50 S. 2nd St.
● Pizza Hut at 1310 W. Burlington
● Pizza Ranch 1103 W. Burlington
● Revelations Cafe at 112 N. Main
● The Raj 1734 Jasmine Ave. pizza is served on Tuesdays
● Torino’s Pizza & Steak House at 115 W. Broadway

Fairfield Golf & Country Club does not carry pizza at the restaurant, but if the kitchen is closed after your game of golf they may serve you pizza.

Update: We have been told other places that offer or have offered pizza include Logli’s, Subway, Thai Deli, Bonnie’s 2nd Street Cafe, Parsons Bowling Alley, and MIU/MUM’s Student Union Cosmic Cafe, Annapurna, and the Sustainable Living students’ outdoor pizza oven south of the library!

Research by R & R Goff; corrections & additions welcomed
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Brief Pizza History:
Raffaele Esposito developed pizza in Naples, Italy in 1889, to honor the visit of Queen Margherita. A NYC grocery sold the first U.S. pizza in 1905. In 1912 Tomato Pies were sold in NJ. Pizzas were sold in Connecticut by the 1920s, in Boston and San Francisco by the 1930s, in Chicago by Pizzeria Uno in 1943. Pizza became popular everywhere in the U.S. with American soldiers returning from Italy after WWII.*

* A Slice of Heaven: A History of Pizza in America, article by Ed Levine; How Did Pizza Come Into our Social Life? article by Kanwar Narendra Singh Jodha.