I have joined a fantastic group of ladies, who are involved in a weekly blog project. Every Thursday, we will dazzle you with our insight on various topics. And each week, we take turns coming up with the idea for the blog topic. Please check out their blogs as well, listed under my Blogroll section. Just click on:
Froggie (Tracey): One frog’s distinct voice on the world around her.
Merry Land Girl (Melissa): Tales of a suburban mom who likes to talk about pop culture, books, Judaism, family, friendship and anything else that comes to mind.
Mom Of Many (Susanna): One Mom’s perspective on life, raising kids, knitting and other unrelated topics.
This week, Susanna’s choice for the week: Pizza wars… is New York Style better than New Haven? What about Deep Dish. Let’s talk about our favorite pizza. Why do you like the kind you do and what sort of toppings make it perfect?
I am from the West Coast, an Oregonian who had never ventured out of state until she was 19.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have my fair share of pizza experiences, even though it doesn’t involve New York or Chicago.
I used to visit with my grandparents every weekend when I was a child, and every weekend we would get a take and bake pizza from a place called Figaro’s. It was a special routine of ours. My grandmother would pick me up after school on Friday. We’d go and rent some movies from the video store, and then make a stop at Figaro’s for our pizza. It was one with every topping imaginable, including shrimp. I think I enjoyed the smell of it baking just as much as I loved the taste of it. Figaro’s would provide sliced tomatoes that would always go on after the pizza was ready to eat, and I loved the combination of hot pizza, cold tomatoes. Whenever I am visiting relatives in Oregon, I always try to pick up a Figaro’s pizza.
Another pizza joint we would frequent was a place called Round Table Pizza. They had really good pizza, and elementary schools would often have field trips there so the kids could make their own personal pizza. There was also a jukebox, and it always felt like such a treat to be able to pick some songs and have them play while eating the delicious pizza. I experienced my first taco pizza there, and fell in love.
During my high school years, we’d all go to a place in downtown Salem called Straight From New York Pizza. I’m not really sure if they were from New York, or not. But, they had a lunch deal, where you could get a large slice of cheese pizza with a drink for pretty cheap. I don’t recall enjoying the pizza as much as I enjoyed the price and the ambiance. It was fantastic getting to escape from school during your lunch break, hang with friends and buy your own lunch.
I’ve had some good pizza since moving out of Oregon, but no place has ever filled the pizza void in my heart like Figaro’s pizza. We are planning a trip to see family in December, and you best be believing that we’ll be getting a take and bake while we are there. I can’t wait!