Even though I moved to the Columbus metro area 30+ years ago, Y-Town is my town: my family lives there, and it will always be “home.” Brier Hill pizza is one of my favorite Y-Town foods.
The Great Depression was a tough time for many across the United States. It hit especially hard in parts of the country where manufacturing drove the economy. That was the case here in Youngstown and the surrounding areas. Communities had to come together to make it through these hard times. Families pitched in however they could to put food on the table.
It was during these times that Italians in the Valley relied on their gardens to eat. The economic downturn meant that people did not always have the money to purchase groceries, so gardens were their lifeblood. Tomatoes and peppers were the easiest vegetables to grow in Northeast Ohio’s climate and therefore were easily accessible for all. Flour was distributed to residents through social programs like welfare. The flour was then used by families to bake bread and pizza crust.
Youngstown’s “Little Italy” was the Brier Hill neighborhood, as…
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