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Aug 26, 2009 07:07 AM

Calzone vs. Stromboli

This may be the wrong thread for this question, but can someone please tell me the actual difference between calzone and stromboli?
I may be stupid, but they seem the same to me. Maybe someone from NY can enlighten me.

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  1. A calzone is basically a pizza dough folded over, half moon-like, that is stuffed with meat(s) and cheese(s). A stromboli is stuffed with meat(s) and cheese(s) but rolled, There are some good photos/discussion in the following link:

    At least at the Shore in NJ, a classic calzone would be ham, mozzarella, and ricotta. A classic stromboli is likely to contain sausage, peppers and cheese. As with pizza, variations are almost limitless.

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    1. re: MGZ

      Thanks for the info, MGZ.
      Great pictures,too!

      1. re: MGZ

        The way it was explained to me is that a Stromboli has the tomato sauce inside the pocket, while with the calzone the tomato sauce is servered on the side for dipping.

        The reason is that Stromboli is named after a famous volcano, and when you bite into a Stromboli, the hot tomato sauce oozes out, like the lava in a volcano.

      2. Way down south ehre in Texas we have yet another version produced by Double Dave's Pizza Works which isn't either a calzone or a stromboli but IS every bit as delicious: A pepperoni roll. It's pizza dough no more than what would be one single medium sized slice, mozzerella, 3-4 pepperoni rolled up like a crescent roll with the ends folded in and served with red pizza sauce on the side to dip in. They seem to be quite a bit smaller than the stromboli and much more simple. Oh my... when they come out of the oven hot and crispy and chewy with little puddles of cripsy melted cheese oozing out of the ends. We'll it's nirvana. They also now have a healthy version with the whole wheat pizza dough and filled with veggies and cheese. O.K. but not the same.

        FYI I don't know how long the pepperoni roll has actually been around but they've been making them since 1984 and I had never in my life heard of them before or anywhere else. Can't eat them any more. Dang it.

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        1. re: aggiecat

          Pepperoni rolls are a West Virginia creation and supposedly they were created as food for miners.

        2. I have found that shape and ricotta are the two big differences.
          As MGZ said, a calzone is D shaped, a stromboli is a long strip.
          Calzones generally have ricotta, and in my experience strombolis never do.

          1. Wouldn't just one of them be a strombolo?

            1. I predict the Oxford English Dictionary will take this up soon. Any case, calzones (or "big pants" in Italian) used to be fried large pockets ricotta plus ham, back in the pizza parlor prehistory of Brooklyn. They're now mostly baked, with a wide range of stuffings, as they are in Naples. There was a time not very long ago when stromboli did not exist on the counters of pizzerias, but I remember them coming in also as "eppie" or "hippie" rolls in the 70s. I have no clue to etymology, expect to note that Stromboli is not the plural of anything, but a place name for a volcanic island off Sicily. Your turn.