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The Birth of Pizza in Milwaukee

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, August 16, 2011
1. The Birth of Pizza in Milwaukee Marker
Inscription. From the street level restaurant of a narrow three-story building that was next to and south of here, pizza was introduced and popularized in Milwaukee. The Caradaro Club (combining the founders' family names "John CARAvella" and "Joe ToDARO") opened in 1945 when World War II was ending and pizza was finding its way into the United States. Joe and Agatha Todaro developed a recipe that called for thin crust and was served in rectangular shape. Their marketing technique - handing out pizza slices on Milwaukee's downtown streets - was an allure that soon self-perpetuated. The Caradaro Club's popularity permeated the region and its facade frequently restrained lines of expectant patrons. The Caradaro secret recipe remained an attraction for 25 years after which the Todaros retired from restaurateuring and sold the Caradaro Club. The new owners kept it there until a fire destroyed the building in 1978.
 
Erected 2000.
 
Location. 43° 1.879′ N, 87° 54.429′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Broadway and East Menomonee Street. Click for map. Broadway is not a through street at this point; you must park and walk to the building. Marker is
The Birth of Pizza in Milwaukee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 16, 2011
2. The Birth of Pizza in Milwaukee Marker
Marker is located in the middle of the two buildings.
at or near this postal address: 143 North Broadway, Milwaukee WI 53202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clemens H. Kalvelage Warehouse (here, next to this marker); Steinkopf & Sons Tents & Awnings (a few steps from this marker); Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); W. Toepfer & Sons, Iron Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Milwaukee Terminal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); O.R. Pieper Co. Grocers (within shouting distance of this marker); Wirth, Hammel and Co., Horse Stables (within shouting distance of this marker); Marine Terminal Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
Additional keywords. Restaurants
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on July 1, 2016.
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