Utica’s famed tomato pies, riggies can be discovered in some unconventional sites

Utica Bakery presents the city’s standard array of baked items like tomato pie, 50 percent-moon cookies and pasticciotti.

But the bakery is a 700-mile drive from Utica, in the city of Apex, in the vicinity of Raleigh, North Carolina.

It’s not the only position you can discover Utica cuisine outdoors the Mohawk Valley. In White Plains, Westchester County, Utica indigenous Salvatore Torchia serves up tomato pie and signature pizzas named immediately after the city’s streets at Utica Pie Co.

In North Syracuse, Utica Pizza Company features riggies, tomato pie and Utica greens.

Dining out:Utica Pie Co. and other White Plains dining options

The Syracuse pizzeria is section of a chain of restaurants, Charlie’s Pizza, began in the Utica space by Charlie Digristina, who decided to rename the Syracuse location when it opened in 2012. 

“That phrase, ‘Utica,’ carries a punch,” he explained.

Digristina also commenced a line of goods like canned riggies sauce and frozen tomato pies that allow for Utica dishes to be acquired at the grocery retail store and geared up at residence. The merchandise are uncovered in merchants through six states, from chains like Cost Chopper and Wegmans to Italian delis in Florida, he claimed.