New York is arguably the pizza capital of the world, but it hasn’t always been. Before the Italian slice made its way to the Big Apple, the dining situation in the late 1800s and early 1900s was dominated by dishes like creamed artichokes, turtle soup, and boiled beef. Thankfully, the food scene—like the city itself—evolves every New York minute. Once the pizza pie hit the streets here, though, it never left, proving some culinary traditions are timeless. Take your taste buds on a trip through NYC pizza history at its oldest pizzerias.