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Panzerotti vs. calzone

By Roberto Vergalito   

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Roberto Vergalito explores the intricacies of the calzone and the panzerotti.

You could say calzones are a big deal to Roberto Vergalito. In October 2014, Vergalito, who owns and operates Roberto’s Pizza Passion in St. Catharines, Ont., made a bid in August for the world record for longest calzone.

His pie was 51 feet, two inches long by 2 feet, 5 inches wide weighing 138 kilograms! He then cut up the mammoth calzone and sold the pieces, with proceeds going to the United Way.

Vergalito, who competed with and coached the Canadian Pizza Team for several years, has written columns for Canadian Pizza on many topics as “The Pizza Dude.”

We asked him to explain the differences between the calzone and its cousin, the panzerotti, and to share tips for making these mouth-watering pizzeria mainstays.


He was kind enough – and patient enough – to undertake a video shoot to kick off our new website feature, Tips & Techniques.

Tune in to Roberto’s “Panzerotti vs. Calzone” for a little history of the favoured pies, along with some great tips on making and serving them.

Take-away tips
Panzerotti originated as a pizza tart that was deep-fried or pan-fried, Vergalito says, while a calzone is a baked pizza turnover. Both are thought to have originated in southern Italy.


  • Pizza turnover
  • Use your hand for support when folding
  • Make sure edges are sealed: try using a roller
  • Important! Poke holes or slits in the top
  • Bake at 500-550 F


  • Originally a deep-fried or pan-fried pizza tart
  • Don’t stretch dough out completely
  • Make sure edges are sealed: try using a roller
  • Important! Don’t poke holes in the top
  • Deep-fry at 325 F.



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