If you have fond memories of reading the funny papers in the morning, then you might recall the intense affection that a particular orange cat named Garfield had for lasagna. Understandably so, of all the traditional Italian dishes that have gained popularity in the United States, lasagna is just about as popular as pizza and just as fulfilling and enjoyable. If you’re a fan of this decadent pasta dish, then you might want to mark your calendars for July 29th, 2023. Why? Because that happens to mark National Lasagna Day! And Russo’s New York Pizzeria is gearing up to celebrate with a true classic icon and a family favorite that’s a real crowd-pleaser! If you’re looking for a homemade, authentic Italian lasagna recipe, look no further. It’s here, waiting for you.
Like so many other dishes that eventually became exported to America and became a national favorite, lasagna has some interesting facts regarding its humble beginnings. While pinpointing the exact moment when the dish came into existence has been lost to the annals of history, it’s believed that the dish originated in Italy during the 13th century. At this time, tomatoes were not native to the European continent, which means that they were not included in the earliest incarnations of the recipe.
Americans love Italian cuisine, and lasagna is certainly no exception to this. When Italians began immigrating to the United States during the late 1800s, they brought their recipes for the dish with them, and it soon became integrated into the American way of life. One of the most notable recipes from the time, which features a multi-layered offering, came from Francesco Zambrini, who came from a region of Italy known as Bologna. It was during the early 20th century that the dish more or less became “Americanized.” Some chefs used cottage cheese instead of Ricotta, and others streamlined the process of preparation. Luckily, the staff here at Russo’s New York Pizzeria don’t believe in deviating from the traditional methods of preparing the dish and always do our best to stay faithful to authenticity.
Whether it’s lasagna, pizza, or pasta, the culinary traditions of Italy are authentic and alive at Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Conroe! Stop by and see us for the best Italian dishes. We're located at 3915 W Davis St #180.