Hungry to know how the cudighi & pasty became U.P. delicacies?
Here's a brief history.
While the cudighi originated in Northern Italy, it's now primarily served in the Upper Peninsula—particularly in Marquette County. The sandwich and its signature sausage were initially sold in northern Michigan by Italian immigrants in 1936, who called it 'Gudighi'.
While it's speculated that pasties can be dated all the way back to 1150 in England, they arrived in the U.S. when Cornish miners immigrated here in the 1840s. The meat-or-veggie pies gained popularity with miners—whose workdays were long—due to the fact that they were convenient to pack, filling, and could keep their warmth for up to 10 hours.
Whether you've never tried one or are looking to try a fresh take from a new location, here's where you can find cudighis & pasties on your next vacation.
Vango's Pizza & Cocktail Lounge
As the oldest pizza parlor in Marquette, Vango's is a neighborhood staple—and their cudighi is no exception.Read More
Iron Town Pasties
Iron Town in Negaunee bakes a wide (and tasty) variety of pasties, from traditional-style to veggie, vegan, and gluten-friendly, so you're sure to walk out full & happy.Read More
Ralph's Italian Delicatessen
Eclectic Italian deli. Voted the U.P.’s best cudighi! Cudighi, bread, pizza dough, sausage, pizza, spaghetti sauces, and pasties are all made from scratch and fresh daily.Read More
Lawry's Pasty Shop
With locations in Marquette and Ishpeming, Lawry's Pasty Shop has been serving U.P. veggie and meat pasties since 1946.Read More
Tino's Bar and Pizza
While best known for their specialty Zas, Tino's secret family cudighi recipe has been a local favorite for generations, too. Try theirs, ft. Italian sausage patty on a bun with pizza sauce, onion & mozzarella.Read More