The Stromboli and its recipes have come to be one of America’s all-time favorite Italian foods. But, don’t you ever wonder from whence it came, and how it got here?
A certain restaurant entrepreneur claims to be the architect of the Stromboli sandwich. However, as per usual, the Hollywood scandal that instigated it is far more titillating than the plain old truth.
What got the Stromboli rolling; (pardon the pun) was the unlikely combination of an ancient Sicilian volcano, an illicit Hollywood affair, and a guy’s love for a sandwich. The volcano resides on an island off Sicily’s coastline. This island is called Stromboli.
Here’s the scoop: A motion picture director by the name of Roberto Rossellini was determined to make a movie about a beautiful woman (Ingrid Bergman) who weds a lowly fisherman in order to escape from a prison camp. The fisherman hailed from a small village on the isle of Stromboli, and, unfortunately, Ms. Bergman’s character found life there most unsuitable and extremely challenging for someone of her stature.
What makes this situation scandalous is that during the filming of this motion picture, Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini found one another irresistible, which eventually led to an “illegitimate” Italian bun in the oven. Nowadays this sort of thing would barely raise an eyebrow, but in 1950…it was HUGE.
The incident ignited one of the most controversial uproars in the history of Hollywood. Eventually Ingrid and Roberto left the country so as to give birth to their love-child in peace
According to local legend, a few individuals claim that a pizza artisan in Essington, Pennsylvania is responsible for creating the Stromboli. You see, during the same time that the movie “Stromboli,” became popular, this Pennsylvania pizza man crafted a nameless sandwich. One of the restaurant’s regular customers was crazy about Ingrid Bergman and the anonymous sandwich, and suggested that it should henceforth be known as "Stromboli." So, there it is—Stromboli, the sandwich of Love.