so it wasn’t pizza hut but little ceasars that had the crust commercial that impressed me. thanks to the readers for linking….
when i was younger, my best friend edy sanchez and i would get little ceasars from time to time. they are a 2 for 1 pizza place and the large box would say “this one you pay for” on one side and “this one you don’t” on the other. edy and i would order different toppings and when we picked up the pizza the one that said “this one you pay for” is the person who would have to pay for the order. so, hopefully you understand that if it said this one you pay for on the ground beef pizza that meant I was paying…
we called it little seizures pizza. this was a good joke for us especially because my dad had a brain tumor and had seizures now and then so seizures were all too familiar to me. somehow calling it little seizures was a good joke.
as a kid growing up my family went to pizza hut a lot. we got a thin and crispy ground beef pizza and i would play ms. pac man while we waited. or asteroids. they had the sit down games and it is one of the fondest memories of my childhood, playing video games in pizza hut, low lighting, candles on the tables, big pebbly red plastic cups of coke.
it’s almost midnight. tonight was a pleasant mayhem… it was so incredibly busy but things went pretty damn well considering everyone and their brother was there. i’ve got a cheese slice re-heating in the toaster oven and a glass of merlot. i’m extremely happy. happy because the customers were so great tonight. they were happy. i even got a note from sasha:
thank you for making our first time here a great one. you made us feel almost at home here., and your staff is/was very welcoming. as an owner you went out of your way to speak to your guest and that’s rare. keep it up and we’ll be back.
little notes like this are so sweet. we get drawings and thank you notes on napkins and well, it is just so great. people are thanking me for being there, for having a pizza place… thanking me!! i am wanting to thank them for coming in and spending their money! don’t thank me, let me thank you!
i love how in the commercial above they focus so much on that crust. that little half inch of caramelized cheese around the edge is really the best part of the deep dish and they get that! you get it in the brownie edges too, that crispy outside edge. if you saw the picture of the crust i posted a couple posts ago, you can see how much more awesome our crust is than theirs but still, this commercial makes me want to pick up a little seizure deep deep with edy and hope that he has to pay! edy is in Malaysia. he went to china, fell in love, got a girl pregnant. things went sour between them. he moved to malaysia. he goes to visit his son tiger now and then in china. edy is a philosopher. my cheese slice smells ready….
while it cools i’ll tell you about mellow mushroom in st. augustine. they opened last monday and i was there. the pizza was really good. i can’t remember now if i talked about this before but if i did please forgive me. i’m getting old. the pizza was good. the crust was sweet but a bit too chewy. the sauce was sweet and the menu said they cooked it which i thought was strange. i am usually not a fan of cooked pizza sauce. the decor was funky. it looked like they spent about a million or 2 million on the place. there was a rotating swordfish in the dining room. i got a pizza with pepperonin and meatballs. i wasn’t crazy about the meatballs but it was one of the better pizzas i’ve had.
sometimes when i am eating a re-heated slice from work i start to dance. not a full-on stand up dance but a sit down dance with my head and arms dance. it is happening to me now as i chew this first bite of a cheese slice. oh man is it ever delicious. a cheese slice and sip of merlot at midnight? the only thing to make it better would be a peanut butter bon bon afterwards. i apologize for plugging my own thing and being so excited about this slice but pizza is a transcendental experience when it’s good. the only other food that makes me this content is fresh bread with butter. (celiacs please look away)
let me digress to give a bit of tech advice. you know i like to talk about tech but i will admit at being an enemy of the computer most days…. anyway, in our house we have 4 apple ID’s. this is a problem. if my son wants an app it is connected to his apple ID. if my wife wants a book or movie it is connected with her apple ID. if i had understood how this all works years ago i would have signed up for only one apple ID and then we could all enjoy everything together. for example: we are going on a trip and want to download a movie like life of pi. we all have apple devices of some sort. if we shared an apple ID then we could download life of pi on each device. i never saw this movie and i heard it was great. but it turns out my wife has some pixar animated shorts on her device, my son has life of pi on his, and i have nothing on mine. if we shared the apple ID we could all enjoy the same movie. anyway, if you are out there wondering how to manage this i would suggest you stick to ONE apple ID per family and then you can all share stuff like songs or movies or apps.
back to pizza. i am going to put a second slice in the toaster….
we picked up our kids from camp crystal on friday and we headed to satchel’s after for pizza. my mom met us and she’s a fan of the pesto so we got a cheese pie and a pesto pie. the pesto is homemade with basil, garlic, pine nuts, and olive oil. it always amazes me that 90% of the people who order a pesto pie order garlic and/or basil as a topping…. the pesto is all basil and garlic so why would you want more? get ricotta or tomato or zucchini! anyway, we got a pesto pie with tomato, so nice and simple. now i am re-heating one of those slices for my second slice. i know it is too late for me to eat a second slice of pizza but i was busy at work and i am finally unwinding and starving.
here’s the scenario: i go to work at 5. i can try and eat a big meal at 4:30 but even if this works by 8 or 9 i am about to eat every customers order as i carry it to the table. the pizza smells and looks so good and i ate 4 hours ago and i wasn’t even hungry then… but we are busy and i can’t eat at 7:30 like a normal human. i am busy bussing tables and running food or making pies…. so we workers, we often eat at 10:30, 11, 12 midnight. it’s a bad habit i know but i am starving and the pizza tastes SOOOOO good.
people often ask me, “don’t you get sick of pizza?” NO. i never get sick of pizza.
i could live on just pizza for the rest of my life, breakfast lunch and dinner.
people often ask me, “what do you get on your pizza?” well tonight i am having a cheese slice and a pesto pizza slice with tomato. sometimes i get pepperoni. sometimes ground beef. sometimes pepperoni and beef. sometimes spinach ricotta pineapple and sausage. sometimes sausage and basil. sometimes bacon feta and carrots. sometimes zucchini, carrots, steak and onions. sometimes pepperoni, beef, onions, green peppers, bacon, ricotta, carrots, zucchini and tomatoes. oh man. i love it all.
….first bite of slice #2. holy cannoli. the pesto with tomato is succulent, delicious, rocking my little world right now… i bite from the tip of the slice and then bite from the edge of the crust. back to the tip and back to the crust. please excuse me while i devour this thing….
i am convinced that what makes me a good pizza maker is my appreciation for the pizza. it’s 12:30am and i could write about my love for pizza until the sun comes in the glass doors to my right and i might still not be able to express all the reasons that pizza is the perfect food. i am obsessed with this food. it is completely silly and ridiculous but it consumes me nonetheless.
look, i know our pizzas are not always perfect. i am in charge of running a large machine. dozens of factors have to line up in perfect harmony to create the perfect pie. 5 or 6 people have to all get it right for the pie to be right. the server has to get the order right. the prep guy has to make the dough and sauce right. the dough stretcher has to stretch the dough evenly. the pizza maker has to sauce and cheese and top it right. the cook has to move it around just so. the expeditor has to make sure the toppings are right, cut it evenly and all the way through and get it to the right table. and the customer has to be in a good mood and appreciate the labor that brought it to the table, appreciate the complexity that resulted in an awesome meal. every day this has to happen hundreds of times involving dozens of people. it still blows my mind that we can pull it off as often as we do.
i am so completely happy tonight. it should be obvious as i spend so much time talking about my passion. we had a crazy busy night with great smiling customers. we had fun as a staff serving the community. we made money doing things we enjoy. when i got home i was frazzled as if i had driven to disney and managed the entire theme park, talked to a thousand guests and organized a fireworks display. since i’ve been home i’ve read some funny facebook comments about pizza socks, i drank some wine, ate pizza, and at one point even bowed my head, clasped my hands together and thanked God for my amazing life. tonight was the final night for 2 of our veteran servers. one is moving to canada and the other DC. they are sweet, kind, hard working, beautiful women and they will be missed for a long time to come. i was teasing the one all night.. “hey- can you please work harder? can you stop chatting and get something done? don’t make me fire you. can you work faster please?”
the thing that can make a restaurant so wonderful is that the staff is a family and we love each other dearly and spend so much time really getting close. and the customers are often regulars and we love them too and hug and joke and enjoy their quirks and company. and the customers we don’t know are often happy and having fun and enjoying the same party. work becomes fun and making a living becomes easy.
i’m down to 2% battery which means it is time to quit writing or time to find a plug. i choose A.
good night . thanks for reading. thanks for commenting. thanks for being a part of this community.