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7 Surprising Things That Italians Invented

Since the Italians began to immigrate to the United States, they have made contributions to many aspects of American life. In fact, their influence on the Americans began much earlier than the influx of Italian immigrants. Here are some of the things that we take for granted in everyday life that were first introduced by the Italians.

Since the Italians began to immigrate to the United States, they have made contributions to many aspects of American life. In fact, their influence on the Americans began much earlier than the influx of Italian immigrants. Here are some of the things that we take for granted in everyday life that were first introduced by the Italians.

1. ​Newspapers

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Newspapers are a regular part of daily life and one of the most common ways that people keep up to date with what is happening in the local area and around the world. The first ever newspaper was published in Venice in 1556.

2. Pizza

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​Pizza is now one of the most popular takeouts or fast food options in America. It is also a dish many people cook at home and is often included on menus in restaurants. Pizzas have a long history in Italy and it was the Italians who introduced this food to America.

3. Jeans

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Jeans are commonly recognized as part of American culture and fashion. However, it was the Italians who first invented denim in the 17th century in Genoa.

4. ​Jacuzzis

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A wonderful way to relax, the jacuzzi was invented by an Italian called Candido Jacuzzi in 1949. Although people use these for pleasure purposes now, the original purpose was for therapeutic reasons as Jacuzzi’s son suffered from rheumatoid arthritis.

5. ​The Piano

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Piano music is popular with people right across the United States, yet it is the Italians who the Americans have to thank for this beautiful instrument. Bartolomeo Cristofori is credited as the inventor of the first piano.

6. Batteries

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 Batteries are something that we need to make many household appliances, gadgets and toys work. They are something that everyone takes for granted. Alessandro Voltic created the first battery in 1800.

7. The Espresso Machine

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In American cities, you can barely walk a full block without passing a coffee shop or café that serves espressos. Angelo Moriondo of Turin created the first espresso machine in 1884 and then Luigi Bezzera later modified the design.

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