I listened to this video with Nick Azzaro of Papa's Pizza again and enjoyed how he doesn't even know why a tomato pie is called a Tomato Pie, and tries to explain what the differences and similarities are in a tomato pie and I guess he really says Tomato Pies aren't really different except the way they are dressed. Nick says in the interview that he really can't tell why they are called a tomato pie because he would have to either marry it or kill you to the interviewee.
The over 100 years in the pizza business is something interesting to me too, but I already knew that about Papa's.
I wish I could learn more about the tomato pie businesses that have closed in the Trenton area and what they were like. I wonder if there are any articles archived from the Trentonian about the tomato pies of years ago. http://www.trentonian.com/
From listening to the video again above I had not picked this up before, but Nick Azzaro mentions Schusters Tomato Pies on Whittaker Avenue. I then looked for Schusters Tomato Pies on the web and found this article by a blogger. http://mackstruckofwisdom.blogspot.com/2009/11/461-463-whittaker-avenue-burg.html
Schusters Tomato Pies was Pica's Tomato Pies before it was Schusters Tomato Pies. Schuster was also German, so maybe I have a chance since I am German (or mostly German) at making a decent Tomato Pie.
There also is another Tomato Pie pizza business mentioned in a comment on the above link. The name of that tomato pie establishment is Dominick’s Pizza and they served Tomato Pies too. I would like to know more about those pizzerias if I can find out more. It made me wonder more about what Tomato Pies were like years ago since my last visit to Trenton Bill's. Bill told me around the Trenton area there were many different Tomato Pie businesses and they used those old kind of coal ovens that were all over Trenton, and he recalls when the pizzas were just wrapped in a newspaper/butcher paper or a paper bag. It says in the above link that tomato pies were only .40-.50 cents. Papa's Tomato Pies were also mentioned as only costing .25 cents.
Since I really like history and old things, learning more about how Trenton was years ago and Tomato Pies is fascinating to me.
More articles can be found from that article including many pizzerias that sold Tomato Pies. I wonder what happened to all of them. http://mackstruckofwisdom.blogspot.com/search/label/Tomato%20Pies
Trenton Bill told me about Jimmy's Camera Store that was right near De Lorenzo's on Hudson.http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=134787803372524987&postID=1052302382770363814
If the comments are looked at under the one article about the Trenton area Tomato Pies some of those comments are interesting.
I guess in this article it explain how Nick of Papa's Pizza began making Mustard Pies. http://djeat.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/mustard-pie/
If anyone else finds some tidbits about Tomato Pies from years ago that are now closed let me know. Probably most members wouldn't appreciate all this jibbler jabber/gibber-gabber about Tomato Pies, but in my opinion it is part of the history of pizza. I believe the Trenton area is very rich in the history of pizzas of long ago.