The History of Pizza, in Italy and the US

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Hi, Nick Husson here. Have you ever wondered who invented pizza? How it started? How and when it was introduced to the United States? I believe you will find the following historical facts quite interesting, especially if you are a pizza fan.

  • People have been eating flatbreads with toppings for thousands of years. In fact, archeologists have found examples of such bread that seem to have been baked thousands of years ago.
  • However, it wasn’t until the late 1700s that the tomato part came. Poor people in the Italian city of Naples started adding tomato toppings to their flatbreads, and thus, pizza began.
  • The actual word “pizza” dates back much earlier: It was first documented in the Italian city of Gaeta in 997 AD.
  • Pizza started being baked in the United States in the late 1800s and was mainly eaten by Italian immigrants.
  • The first time the word “pizza” is documented to have been used in print in the US was in 1904, in an article in The Boston Journal.
  • Gennaro Lombardi, an Italian who owned a grocery store in New York City, applied for and received the first license to sell pizza in 1905. He started selling the dish at his grocery that same year. The cost of a pie? 5 cents.
  • For most of the early 1900s, pizza was still only popular with Italian immigrants. It wasn’t until the second world war that it became a widespread dish. US troops in Italy, looking for a quick and wholesome dish, discovered pizza, and took their enthusiasm for it back home.

And that's how the pizza we all love came about. You can contact us to order this awesome dish. Ask about our group lunches, starting at $5 per person. Hope to see you soon!

Got A Sports Party Coming Up? Let Me Cater It With My Excellent Sub And Meatball Specials

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Hi, Nick Husson here. I've been hearing a lot of talk from people in the neighborhood about how expensive it is to cater their sports parties. After all, football season is here (Go Panthers!) and it's time to throw some incredible tailgate parties.

With that in mind, I'd like to remind loyal Husson's Pizza customers about two of our greatest catering deals: the sub-party tray and our hefty meatball tray.

Both of these trays cost a mere $29.99 and are a great investment for any football party. First of all, you got the sub-tray. This beauty has 15 portions of a variety of items including pizza bread, ham and cheese sub, meatball sub, turkey sub, veggie sub, Italian sub, Hawaiian sub, steak sub, BLT sub, mild chicken sub, fiery chicken sub, and grilled chicken sub.

I've found this is perfect for big parties which feature a lot of people with different tastes. However, if you want something a bit more "meaty," our meatball tray is probably your best bet. You get an incredible 50 meatballs in several different sauces, including BBQ, Buffalo, General Tso's, sweet chili, and marinara.

I personally love serving this tray at my own football parties, especially during Cam Newton's incredible 2015 season. Even if the last Super Bowl didn't quite go our way, the food was, at the very least, incredible!

If you're interested in ordering one of these party trays (or know someone who might like one for a gift) please don't hesitate to contact us today. I love to serve my customers the food that I, too, love to eat! 

Ask about our group lunches, starting at $5 per person.


Hope to see you soon!


Experience The Educational Fun Of "Song Of The Wolf" This November

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Hi Nick Husson here. Lately, I've been thinking about fun and educational things that Charleston residents can do to expand their cultural understanding. Bet you didn't know I thought about such things!

Well, I love this area and its residents and I've been researching some fun activities that I think just about anyone will love. One that I don't think you should miss is coming up in the middle of November at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.

What is it? A production of "Song of the Wolf," a re-imagined version of the "Three Little Pigs" that takes on an environmentalist bent. Even if you're not an environmentalist, this is a fun and educational concert that people of all ages can enjoy. It is especially designed to help children learn some important life lessons.

Performances take place from November 15 through the 18 and cost no more than $4 per person. Teachers who bring their class receive lesson plans and interactive CD-ROMS, which can be used to teach a variety of lessons, including how to recognize patterns in music, how orchestras work together to create music, and even geography and economic lessons.

We at Husson's Pizza are big fans of educational methods like this because they engage the child's mind and make learning fun. Family and community comes first with us, and we're always happy to help you learn more about your community.

When you finish, you can swing by and grab some delicious pepperoni pizza or take advantage of one of our lunch specials. 

Ask about our group lunches, starting at $5 per person.

Hope to see you soon!

Excited About National Pizza Month

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Hi Nick Husson here
 I don't know if you already know, but October is National Pizza Month. About ninety-three percent of Americans have pizza at least once a month, but whether you fall into that group or you rarely eat pizza, now is the time to plan how you want to make October special. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to celebrate your love of pizza. 


Try a new pizza. Although it could be fun to try a pizza with an unusual topping, you do not necessarily have to venture too far out of your pizza comfort zone. For example, if you are normally a pepperoni pizza person, try Hawaiian. If you like plain cheese, put some veggies on your pizza.
Host a pizza party at your house. Purchase a variety of pizzas or make it a potluck pizza party with guests bringing their favorite pizza. You can have it be only pizza, or you can include other foods, such as breadsticks, salads, chips, cookies, or other foods.
Make pizza from scratch at home. Look-up a pizza dough recipe and cook your own pizza, using your favorite toppings and putting just the right amount of each topping on your pizza. You can make a large pizza for your whole family or make smaller pizzas for each person. If you do not want to make the dough yourself, make English muffin pizzas or buy the premade pizza crust.
Of course, these are just three examples of things you can do to celebrate National Pizza Month. Celebrate it in your own way. You could make it as simple as eating more pizza than you would normally. If you rarely eat pizza, eat it at least once or twice in October. If you need help with your National Pizza Month celebration, contact us. We have a variety of delicious pizza choices as well as other great food and drink options to go along with your pizza.


Hope to see you soon!


Husson's Pizza, More Than Just a Pizza Place

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Hi! Nick Husson here. It may seem like it's been forever since you last had dinner with the whole family. It’s time for sharing about what went on in each of your lives today - talking about homework, friends, work, and just being a family. It's easy to miss times like those and we understand that at Husson's Pizza. That's why we make sure to have a family friendly environment and menu, so you can call up your folks and crazy brothers and sisters to head on down to Husson's Pizza!

It's the perfect place to bring the family. We have family sized combinations, or a variety of meal deals that allow everyone to get exactly what they want. The kids will just dive right into the pepperoni mini pizza and Pepsi and it only costs $4.04! Your dad is sure to smile when he finds out we have a 10" sub, chips and a Pepsi for just $8.69. Plus, these meal deals we offer are just the beginning.

But it’s really not about the food (I can’t believe I just said that!!) It’s all about you letting us do the work, so that you can devote as much time as possible to being with your family. My wife and our four children tried to eat dinner together every day while they were all at home. If children know that parents care about their schoolwork, they will care more also. Sharing about your day brings everyone together and allows you to feel like a family. If you still have room after dinner and are still enjoying each other’s company, I strongly suggest cinnamon bites – Yes!

If your family is more comfortable at home and would like to stick to the dinner table, that's no problem. You can have your favorite meals delivered right to your door.

We try our best to supply good food and good company to anyone that walks through the door because at Husson's Pizza, we are more than just a pizza place.

Hope to see you soon!

Welcome to Husson's Pizza's New Blog

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For many years, all of our Husson's Pizza television commercials started with that line. Then I got bumped by Mick The Chef! Seriously? A puppet! Just joking, Mick. Don’t get all bent out of shape!

Hopefully, I won't get bumped by Mick off of my own blog, too!

We at Husson's have talked for a long time about starting a blog that let's you get to know us better, so let me start off by telling you a little bit about me and Husson's before telling you more about this blog.

Husson's is unlike the majority of pizza places in the Charleston, WV area, in that it started right here in 1977 with the opening of the first store in St. Albans. My father and I worked tirelessly that first year. In fact, every single pizza that was served that first year was made by either me or my father. Then in 1979, I married my wife Sharon and brought her into the business. Although we've seen a lot of growth and change since 1977, we're committed to staying a family-owned, family-operated, and family-oriented business.

In future blogs, you can expect to see future blogs on a variety of topics related to Husson's Pizza and pizza in general, including new item descriptions, featured menu items, community events, frequently asked questions, featured customers, featured employees, and more.

There are a lot of customers and friends that have been with us since the beginning. It would be great for some of you to share your thoughts, stories, or memories from our almost 40 years of living and working together in the same communities.

People often like to share memories with us of eating Husson's Pizza when they were a kid. We’ve served many kids pizza for lunch in the past and are now serving their kids pizza, both in our restaurants and through the school lunch program.

One customer recently stopped in at our Pinch, WV location after being gone from the area for almost 20 years. They still had great memories of their little sister's birthday party held there in the mid-1990's and were super excited to see that we still had the jukebox for their kids to play with while eating pizza.

Do you have a great memory you'd like to share? We'd love to hear it. And if there's anything that you would like to know more about or any topic you think might be interesting for this blog, I would be happy to explore it. Just let me know in the comments below.