We also tasted bagels and "schmear" (a spread of cream cheese). Bagels are certainly a food that has been picked up by the main stream. In the 1920's Italians were on the scene and Di Palo's opened up to import the old world cheeses and meats. They are still there today and with a long line of customers waiting to purchase meats, cheese and pasta salads.
Since each region in the homeland often seasons and flavors with a unique taste, when the immigrants came to the US, a pub owner would have to create a melting pot of those flavors to please a variety of customers from a variety of regions. It would Americanize the flavors of the old country based on the spices available here.
Economy Candy imports, wholesales and makes their candy. That part of the program inspired Cedar so much so that we had to go visit! Regardless of age, we were all little kids again in a candy store. What a selection!