Free US Pizza Museum events
1st Anniversary Pizza Party
When: Monday, August 19, 2019. Doors: 7pm, Event: 7:30pm. Free Admission w/Online Reservation, 18+ Free pizza, while supplies last
Garage Parking (1st 2 hours free w/validation).
Tickets Free with required online reservation. Click here for tickets. Voluntary donation requested to benefit Lakeview Food Pantry
Pizza in New Haven Exhibit Opening
When: Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:30pm: Opening Reception Begins, 5:30pm: Pizza in New Haven author, Colin M. Caplan, Q&A followed by a book signing,7pm: Pizza, A Love Story documentary screening (limited seating) followed by Q&A with director, Gorman Bechard
A taste of New Haven, Connecticut is coming to the U.S. Pizza Museum in Chicago! Author and historian, Colin M. Caplan, has curated an exhibit about the unique history of pizza in New Haven. U.S. Pizza Museum Founder and Director, Kendall Bruns, will join Caplan for a discussion followed by a book signing and a screening of Pizza, A Love Story. There will be a post-film Q&A with director, Gorman Bechard.
The museum has been remodeled and reimagined to better tell stories about how pizza became America’s favorite food. New items on display include vintage pizzeria menus and advertisements, a 10 foot tall Pizzeria Due sign that hung outside the restaurant in the 1980s, a Pizza Hut Electric Baking Oven from 1975 that allowed children to make pizza at home, and Forever Pizza, a real slice of pizza preserved in acrylic by artist Steph Mantis.
U.S. Pizza Museum Founder and Director Kendall Bruns says, “We’ll have more on display than ever before and there will be more context to understand what you’re looking at. For example, along with the Pizzeria Due sign we also have blueprints and photos of the sign when it was outside the pizzeria. It’s part of an exhibit that explores the origins of Pizzeria Uno and Due including key figures that sometimes get overlooked like Ric Riccardo and Alice Mae Redmond.”
In addition to over 100 new items on display, improvements to the space include movable exhibition walls, a larger projection screen, and higher capacity.
About the museum
The US Pizza Museum is the first full-fledged showcase that preserves and interprets pizza-related items in both a present-day and historical context.
The U.S. Pizza Museum features pizza-themed ephemera, including menus, rare pizza boxes, vinyl records, vintage ads, toys, video games, and more. Pizza-related souvenirs, including clothing and original works by independent artists, will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.
“As America’s favorite food, pizza provides an easy entry point to learn about history, pop culture, and the people behind the pizza. We expect the exhibits to have a nostalgic effect on viewers, and I’m thrilled to work with Roosevelt Collection to bring it to life,” said founder Kendall Bruns.
About the Roosevelt Collection
The Roosevelt Collection is the mall located just west of the Target on Roosevelt Road. Directory.