A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 01, 2019
“Holy pepperoni!”

"Holy pepperoni!” is an expression of surprise or astonishment that has been cited in print since at least 1966. “Holy Pepperoni!” is also a variety of Screamin’ Sicilian frozen pizzas.

“Holy mackerel!” is an expression of surprise that has been cited in print since at least 1867. Similar food expressions (some also rhyme with “holy") include “Holy cannoli!”, “Holy guacamole!”, “Holy jalapeño!” and “Holy shiitake!”


Wikipedia: Pepperoni
Pepperoni is an American variety of salami, made from cured pork and beef mixed together and seasoned with paprika or other chili pepper.

Pepperoni is characteristically soft, slightly smoky, and bright red in color.[3] Thinly sliced pepperoni is a popular pizza topping in American-style pizzerias and is used as filling in the pepperoni rolls popular in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

31 August 1966, Northwest Arkansas Times (Fayetteville, AR), pg. 16, col. 4 ad:
ZOWIE!!
Holy Pepperoni
(Ken’s Pizza Parlor.—ed.)

11 June 1972, Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, IL), sec. 5, pg. 35, col. 1 photo caption:
Holy pepperoni! Two sets of pizza twins

26 November 1976, Burlington (VT) Free Press, “Pizza Parlors Enjoy Harmony After Saucy Battle Over Name,” pg. 5B, col. 2:
PORTLAND, Maine (AP)—Holy pepperoni! Two Portland-area pizza makers have achieved detente after a saucy battle over use of the name, “Bill’s Pizza.”

25 November 1983, Evansville (IN) Courier, pg. 37, col. 1:
Holy pepperoni! Muncie pizza family to be series
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP)—An agreement has been reached to film a television series based on a Muncie family operating a pizza parlor in an economically depressed area, according to the president of the company that would produce the series.

13 December 1985, Los Angeles (CA) Times, pt. 6, pg. 34, col. 1 ad:
Holy pepperoni! It’s the biggest family meal deal in town!
(Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre.—ed.)

Google Groups: alt.pizza.delivery.drivers
Tipping the Driver?
Romefel2
5/29/99
(...)-
Holy Pepperoni!! Are there actually delivery guys who do that?

Twitter
Maggie
@arf_maggie
Holy pepperoni, Batman. The family made BBQ pizzas last night on the grill. They looked good, I had a taste of alex’s as it hit the floor.
4:30 PM - 10 Jun 2008

Twitter
Jackye Stephens
@jackyechan
Pizza Delivery man shoots robbers. Holy Pepperoni! http://tinyurl.com/5f4fgm
4:04 PM - 24 Oct 2008

Twitter
Kuri
@KurigohanSoreir
Replying to @CleoNaturin
Holy pepperoni ! That’s a very nice helmet you got here !
3:07 PM - 1 May 2019

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, May 01, 2019 • Permalink