Pizza in the United States


Zariq Siddiqui began working for Chicago’s Abbott Laboratories, Inc., in 1999. Zariq Siddiqui particularly enjoys American food, especially the American version of pizza.

Inexpensive and easy to prepare, pizza probably originated in Naples, Italy, around the end of the 18th century. Italian immigrants to the United States brought their traditional foods with them, and in 1905 immigrant Gennaro Lombardi started selling pizza at his grocery store in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood. He sold only one kind of pie; it had tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Although the number of restaurants serving pizza grew quickly within New York City, the first pizzeria outside the city didn’t open until 1925, when Frank Pepe started his Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Connecticut. In the 1940s, the dish began to expand beyond New York and New England. One of the iconic establishments of American pizza, Pizzeria Uno opened in Chicago in 1943.

The pies offered at these early outlets were similar, though not identical. East Coast pizza generally consisted of a thin or thick crust with a topping of tomatoes and cheese, as well as optional additional toppings. Chicago pies were baked in a pan, not on a sheet, and featured much thicker layers of toppings that have been likened to a casserole.

Another major development in pizza occurred in California in the early 1980s, when Alice Waters sold pizza made with organic ingredients and gourmet toppings at her Chez Panisse Café in Berkeley. Other restaurants emulated her offerings, and California pizza quickly became known for its limitless variety of unconventional toppings, including such ingredients as pineapple, barbecued chicken, spinach, artichoke hearts, and truffles.

Unbound’s Nine Pillars of Change

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Zariq Siddiqui is the senior manager of sales operation and strategy at Abbott Laboratories Inc.’s Nutrition Products Division. Aside from his responsibilities in the global company’s nutrition product sales, Zariq Siddiqui is a philanthropist who has donated significantly to Unbound and its fight against poverty in 20 countries worldwide.

Unbound is a global nonprofit that helps marginalized communities by bringing them together to work on innovative income generating activities. It is through these activities that the organization manages to change the lives of the communities for the better.

Unbound fosters change in the community through nine pillars:

Economic self-sufficiency – The families on Unbound’s support roll depend on the organization and their own income to meet their needs. The organization supports these activities so that the families gradually move away from material support to rely on their own income-creating activities.

Mutual support – The member families are encouraged to form support groups to help each other grow and to support each other in their economic activities.

Capacity building – The Unbound program is centered on the idea that families can be supported to become independent, self-sustaining units, not dependent on handouts and material donations.

Devolved decision-making – The supported families are given decision-making responsibilities in a supportive environment with internal checks and balances.

Empowerment – Marginalized groups are accorded an environment to enhance unity, justice, and equality. This is done by addressing social imbalances to foster non-violent change that is long-term.

Goal orientation – Unbound fosters a support environment where individual families have clearly defined goals and are accorded realistic opportunities to attain those goals.

Learning culture – Sponsored families define the actions they wish to take to achieve self-reliance, measure their outcomes, and use the results to continuously improve their economic livelihoods.

Sustainability – Unbound inculcates a sense of self-reliance in the sponsored families so that in the end, the families themselves manage different elements of the programs. Eventually, the entire community is empowered enough to develop programs independently.

Worldwide – The supported families are encouraged to view empowerment globally and to play a part in uplifting the lives of their neighbors.

Unbound’s Charitable Programs

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Based in Chicago, Zariq Saddiqui serves as the senior manager of sales operation and strategy for the Nutrition Products Division of Abbott Laboratories, Inc., a global health care company. In his personal life, Zariq Saddiqui supports the international charity Unbound.

Unbound, formerly known as the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by lay Catholics in the United States. The organization focuses on help people living in poverty and bridging divisions among the world’s people.

With its sponsorship program, Unbound provides food, clothing, medical care, schooling, and other basic necessities to children and the elderly; it also, in some cases, furnishes livelihood support to families. As the relationships between sponsors and sponsored friends develop, Unbound offers sponsors the opportunity to go on awareness trips to meet their friends at home and in person. With the support of more than 260,000 sponsors in the United States, the group currently helps over 300,000 children and elderly people in 20 countries around the world.

Unbound also offers a scholarship program to aid students. Recipients are chosen on the basis of their financial need, their commitment to their education, and their interest in community service. As a requirement of the program, they must perform service work.

Tyrod Taylor Facing Tougher Challenges Heading into Year Two

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Tyrod Taylor

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Zariq Siddiqui serves as the senior manager of sales operation and strategy for Abbott Laboratories’ Nutrition Products Division. Among other interests, Zariq Siddiqui is a loyal fan of the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor had a breakout season in 2015, separating himself from E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel (who would later be traded) to become the team’s starting quarterback for the majority of the season. He faced a few injury bumps along the road, but when he was healthy, Taylor gave the Bills a true dual-threat presence under center.

He struggled down the stretch, however, and his critics didn’t waste time pouncing on the opportunity to point out their reservations about Taylor’s long-term viability as the team’s quarterback. Heading into the off-season, the barbs being thrown Taylor’s way have intensified. According to an article by SB Nation’s Matt Warren, one of the major flaws that Taylor’s detractors are rushing to point out is his smaller stature compared to the prototypical quarterback. Taylor measures in at just over 6 feet tall, and critics have alleged that his height causes issues when trying to survey downfield over offensive lineman that are two to three inches taller than him.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated last December, General Manager Doug Whaley essentially confirmed that Taylor will be the starting quarterback for the Bills in 2016. He finished last season with a solid 63.7 percent completion percentage, passing for 20 touchdowns and rushing for four more. Whaley hopes he can improve on those numbers and is willing to invest more time with him at the quarterback position, but the team is prepared to explore other quarterback options in the draft or through free agency in case Taylor doesn’t pan out.

How Heifer International’s Passing on the Gift Model Helps Communities

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Heifer International

A sales professional at Abbott Laboratories, Zariq Siddiqui serves as senior manager of sales operations and strategy for the nutrition products division. In his spare time, Zariq Siddiqui enjoys supporting the community through Heifer International.

Heifer International aims to eradicate world hunger and poverty in remote regions. Endorsed by Food Network personality Alton Brown, the organization employs a model of “passing on the gift” that helps create a sustainable livelihood in impoverished communities. Through its programs, Heifer International trains citizens on proper techniques for raising livestock. When a person’s livestock produces a female offspring, he or she is encouraged to gift the animal to another family and educate them on raising the animal.

Heifer International has the ability to lift communities out of poverty by giving them a source of income. Livestock and their offspring help produce food by supplying milk, fertilizing seeds to stimulate growth, and working as field-plowers. As a result, the produce and foods can be turned into a business that affords medicine and homes as well as clothing and education for families.

United Way Supports 2-1-1 Program for At-Risk Individuals

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United Way

Zariq Siddiqui possesses over two decades of combined managerial and sales experience and leads Abbott Laboratories’ nutrition products division as its senior manager of sales operation and strategy. Outside his responsibilities for Abbott Laboratories, Zariq Siddiqui supports United Way, an organization that engages communities worldwide to support nonprofit initiatives such as the 2-1-1 program.

Serving impoverished and at-risk individuals across North America, the 2-1-1 program is a free, confidential service that helps people locate the resources most beneficial to them in their time of need. Accessible by phone or computer, 2-1-1 offices offer information and support for a variety of problems, including financial, health, disaster, and domestic-related challenges. In addition, it provides assistance and support for individuals in crisis who may pose a danger to themselves or others, such as in cases of substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, and physical abuse. The program also handles human trafficking cases through a partnership with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

Information provided by 2-1-1 operators range from referrals to rehabilitation programs and support groups to opportunities for employment and education. Operators also offer options for shelter and utilities assistance or assistance with reentry into society after spending time at a correctional facility, mental health institution, or rehabilitation house.

To learn more about 2-1-1 services, visit its website at

Basics of Rugby

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Basics of Rugby

An experienced professional in the pharmaceutical development industry, Zariq Siddiqui serves as nutrition products senior manager for sales operation and strategy with Abbott Laboratories. In his free time, Zariq Siddiqui enjoys playing rugby with the Brockport Alumni team.

An intensely physical full-contact sport, rugby places two 15-player teams against one another over the course of an 80-minute match. There are no clock stoppages, though one rest period of no more than 10 minutes is allowed following the first 40-minute half. Play consists of each team attempting to advance the ball toward the opposing in-goal area. This is known as a “try” and results in five points awarded to the successful team.

After a try, the scoring team may attempt to kick the ball between the goalposts for an additional two points. Teams may also score three points on a penalty kick, which occurs when the opposing team has violated a rule of the game, or during free play in the context of a drop goal. Drop goals may only be made if the ball bounces at least one time before the kick.