New Haven is considered by many as the birthplace of American pizza. Back in the early 20th century pizza was always delivered. It started to become really popular in the 1910s. People would buy it on the street and deliver it to factories and famer’s markets.
Frank Pepe in New Haven is credited as the inventor of the first cardboard pizza boxes to make the deliveries a little easier. He would package them in cardboard boxes from The National Folding Box Company located locally near the pizzeria.
Next time you order a pizza that’s delivered nice and hot to your door you can thank Mr. Pepe.