Pizza In The Sticks



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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I’ve since remembered that we had one other “classy” option back in the 70’s. The Roman Forum.

    It was a sit-down restaurant that specialized in bringing a big bowl of salad to the table and then bringing your pizza. It was dark enough to meaningfully have candles on the table. It felt like a grown-up place with grown-up food. Because they made you wait *FOREVER* and it was too dark to read. So you had to talk to each other.

    I went back in 2010 or something like that to visit the family in Michigan and I told my mom “hey, lemme take you out to lunch there!” and we went back.

    It was daytime so all of the lights were on. The booths were a little bit worse for wear than they were in the 70’s (and surely had been replaced/reupholstered a couple of times since).

    But the salad tasted exactly the way it used to. The breadsticks tasted exactly the way they used to (and doubly so when dipped in the salad dressing). The pizza was a window back to decades before, and I was sitting at the Roman Forum with my family on a Friday night, when the lights were low.

    Anyway, it’s closed now.Report

    • Avatar DensityDuck in reply to Jaybird says:


      The place for us, like that, was Roman Delight. Googling suggests that it’s moved out of the mall where we knew it (which also had a video arcade called “The Electric I”, which was rather high-toned for a place that had maybe twenty machines, but by god when I retire and start my own retro-style arcade it’s gonna be called that.) Longer parenthetical than the sentence there, that’s how I roll. Anyway, it’s somewhere in another mall now and maybe I could go, but…I dunno. Without scarfing down my chicken francaise or meatball pizza and then grabbing a five from dad to go play Arkanoid, it won’t be the same…Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to DensityDuck says:

        Pizza in the mall vs. pizza at the sit-down restaurant probably ought to be explored.

        Sbarro was the only mall pizza, when I was a kid. I was vaguely offended by the name. Too many consonants in the wrong order. Eat the pizza then run down to Aladdin’s Castle and play Neogeo’s King of the Monsters.

        But, by that point, I did some mental calculations and would rather spend the extra bucks in the arcade than on the slice/drink. Feed your head. So Sbarro got neglected.Report

        • Avatar DensityDuck in reply to Jaybird says:

          Roman Delight covered a weird space by being a sit-down pizza restaurant…IN a mall. (This was a mall built before the invention of food courts–which, yes, that was a thing, I remember how amazing an innovation it was that a mall *had* a food court!)Report

  2. Avatar JoeSal says:

    Good stuff!
    Our fancy pizza place was lit like that, a couple times a year we would drive 50 miles, the place was darkish as compared to others and the lights above the tables (if I recall correctly) were stained glass. The smell of fresh bread made your stomach growl as you entered the door. Always at least one gorgeous 20 something taking orders. The floors always looked too clean to walk on and my boots often had a light coat of red dust.

    The cola was always served with a full measure of ice, and almost too cold to drink. There was that one time grandpa took the pepper shaker and shook about a half dollar sized share of pepper flakes and tossed them in his mouth, mistaking them for bacon bits. That’s when I knew I needed to start watching him a little bit, with all the new fangledness he was being exposed too.

    That was Pizza Hut and it would be a long time until I knew much else. Didn’t try Little Caesars until after we moved south, now we have it once a month or so.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to JoeSal says:

      Back when they didn’t have free refills yet, but you could buy a pitcher.

      “No ice, please.”Report

      • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to Jaybird says:

        Heh… I wonder if we’re going look back on free refills like we were living in depression era depravity… I mean, given the ubiquitous HFC Biopumps we’ll all have – will deliver a perfectly optimized dose of HFC and Insulin to keep you balanced throughout the day. We’ll treat the pancreas like an appendix.Report

  3. > I made a comment to my parents about how Plazas must be the places where one buys Pizza

    I thought that myself as a child because I would conflate the word plaza with pizza. Same thing with “sign” and “sing”.

    Also I never saw a Dominos or anything else until I was ten years old or thereabouts since I lived in a place with a fistful of mom-and-pop pizza joints. When I did order Domino’s for the first time, it was trash. Still is trash.

    P.S. is there a way to only get notifications if someone replied to my comment only, rather than seeing everyone else’s threads blow up?Report