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Supermarket Pepperoni

We wanted our pepperoni to taste like it was sliced off of a pepperoni stick in an Italian market—even if it really came from a plastic bag.

What We Learned

You may think of it as a greasy flavor bomb atop a slice of pizza, but pepperoni dates back to ancient Rome, where it was a convenient food for soldiers on the march. It crossed time—and the Atlantic Ocean—to reach America with the Italian immigrants who arrived on these shores around 1900. Pepperoni met pizza in New York City, underwent a total transformation from artisanal to comm...