Calzones seem to run a bit contrary to Italian customs. After all, they were invented to serve as “pizza to go,” but Italians aren’t big on the idea of eating on the run. For us, eating is as much an experience as it is getting nutrients. You take your time, savor your meal and enjoy your company. Still, they are DELICIOUS, so you won’t hear us complain if you take one with you!

The history of calzones

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “calzone” takes its name from the Italian word for “trouser” and it originated in 18th-Century Naples.

Unlike stromboli, which is more like an enclosed sandwich with sauce baked right in, a calzone’s crust is usually shaped like a half moon and generally the tomato sauce is served on the side for dipping.

Calzones have evolved, depending where you are on the globe, from sandwich size to the size of a medium pie. They also started primarily as baked goods, but now (of course!), many American pizzerias offer a fried version.

What’s in a calzone?

Typically, calzones contain ricotta, mozzarella and tomato sauce as their base. But they’re quite customizable! Most people choose additions that mimic what you might find on pizza: pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, etc.

At 3 Sons Italian, our calzones are made with fresh, homemade dough and filled with only the freshest ingredients! These might include our locally sourced Italian sausage which we buy from Gino Scarafiotti, Michael’s son, who owns Belfiore’s Sausage) or handmade meatballs (a recipe that comes from Susan’s mother, Rose).

Our three calzones are:

  • BELLANO: Italian sausage, provolone, roasted tomatoes, ricotta cheese and mozzarella
  • THE PUGGIE: Meatballs, roasted red peppers, onions, ricotta and mozzarella cheese
  • GARDEN: Mushrooms, peppers, black olives, onions, spinach, ricotta and mozzarella cheese

And while you can order our calzones to go (or for delivery!), we encourage you to stay and dine with us so you can enjoy the atmosphere and company. (Not to mention, our new tables and chairs!)

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Buon Appetito!    


3 Sons Italian Restaurant & Bar

14805 West 64th Ave., Arvada