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 February 12, 2014
“How do you fix a broken pizza?"/"Tomato paste.”

A popular pizza joke is:

“How do you fix a broken pizza?”
“Use tomato paste!”


The joke has been cited in print since at least 1993.


Google Books
Silly School Jokes
By Gary Perkins and Dan Nevins
Mahwah, NJ: Watermill Press
1993
Pg. 18:
How did the cafeteria cook glue the broken pizza back together?
With tomato paste.

17 October 1996, Lawrence (KS) Journal-World, “Ammunition for a boring day? Fresh supply of bad jokes” (Newsday), pg. 1D, col. 2:
How do you fix a broken pizza?
With tomato paste.—Angelo DeMeo

11 May 1997, Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette, Yak’s Corner, comics section:
HOW DO YOU FIX A BROKEN PIZZA?
Use tomato paste!

Google Groups: alt.med.cfs
HUM: Kids Are Punny
Steven Du Pre
3/9/98
(...)
*How do you fix a broken pizza?
With tomato paste.

Twitter
Hourly Facts
‏@factstorm
How do you fix a broken pizza? Use tom...- How do you fix a broken pizza? Use tomato paste. http://bit.ly/43yNpZ
11:36 AM - 17 Jul 2009

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Monicals_Pizza
‏@Monicals_Pizza
#TellAnOldJokeDay How do you fix a broken pizza? Tomato Paste #monicals
1:05 PM - 24 Jul 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, February 12, 2014 • Permalink