After creating a recipe for Calzone this week, I spent time researching the origin of this Italian street food. I chuckled when I came across this description from the website Thrillist, in which a columnist was defending “Pizza’s Forgotten Red-Sauced Stepchild.”
“It’s important to note the difference between a Stromboli and a Calzone, two commonly confused Italian dishes. If Calzones are pizza’s kid brother, then Stromboli is like the annoying cousin, always trying to butt in on the fun. The Stromboli is a pinwheel, more like a rolled sandwich than an inside-out pizza. If sauce is on the side, you’re looking at a Calzone. It’s that simple.”
It’s that simple to make, too! I happen to love the refrigerated ready to bake pizza dough and pizza sauce from Trader Joe’s, so that’s where I started. (One package makes two Calzones.) The filling is a delicious mixture of pepperoni, ground beef, sautéed vegetables and cheese. If you bake these up, you may decide as I did, that Calzones are not just pizza’s red-sauced stepchild!