A baked pie of Italian origin consisting of a shallow breadlike crust covered with toppings such as seasoned tomato sauce, cheese, or sausage.
[Italian, pie, tart, pizza, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bizzo, pizzo, bite, morsel; see bheid- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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