pep·​per·​o·​ni | \ ˌpe-pə-ˈrō-nē How to pronounce pepperoni (audio) \

Definition of pepperoni

: a highly seasoned beef and pork sausage

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Old favorites like Christo’s Christo’s on 1st Street has been a brunch, lunch and dinner favorite with pizza, burgers, ribs and even pepperoni pizza bread. 13. Kyle Arnold,, "15 reasons Sanford has the region's hottest food scene," 6 Apr. 2018 So far there’s a classic option with mozarella, sliced pepperoni and black pepper; and a Nerd Pie with pancetta, grape tomatoes, pepperoncini, goat cheese and black pepper. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Beer Nerds in the Mission want to make craft beer approachable," 20 Feb. 2018 In honor of National Deep Dish Pizza Day, BJ’s Restaurants, the casual dining chain, will deliver 30,000 mini cheese or pepperoni deep dish pie on Thursday for free. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Do you like Deep Dish Pizza? Then it's time to celebrate National Deep Dish Pizza Day," 5 Apr. 2018 Regardless of the wheel, everyone gets a strip of bacon, still hot from the pan, or a thick slab of pepperoni. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lambeau Field Live at Summerfest features the Packers, virtual reality and crispy bacon," 1 July 2018 After a preshow snack of lemon pepper wings, Starbursts, and pepperoni pizza, Taylor was ready to head out the door and take on the world, but not before encouraging Versace to make their New York trip an annual affair. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Teyana Taylor’s Getting-Ready Ritual for Versace Included Starbursts, Dancing, and an Epic Outfit," 4 Dec. 2018 Choices include pepperoni, bacon, beef, Italian sausage, ham, green peppers, onions and mushrooms. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Little Caesars' Extra Most Bestest pizzas now offer a choice of toppings," 29 May 2018 The George Bush pizza has artichoke hearts, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and black olives. Madeleine Rivera | Fox News, Fox News, "Barbara Bush was a regular at Houston pizzeria that named a pie after her," 19 Apr. 2018 There's always cheese, usually pepperoni, and a specialty-topping such as the bootlegger, with spinach, mushroom and pesto. Polly Campbell,, "New and Noted: A roundup of recent restaurant news," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pepperoni

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pepperoni

Italian peperoni cayenne peppers, plural of peperone, augmentative of pepe pepper, from Latin piper — more at pepper

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The first known use of pepperoni was in 1888

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English Language Learners Definition of pepperoni

: a spicy sausage that is usually eaten on pizza


pep·​per·​o·​ni | \ ˌpe-pə-ˈrō-nē How to pronounce pepperoni (audio) \

Kids Definition of pepperoni

: a spicy dry Italian sausage

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