Way Back When
Just happy to have the podcast. You guys do what works for you.
As someone who lives in another part of the world, the banter about an old diner could so easily be boring; instead, that was one of my favourite chats you’ve recorded. A heartfelt deep dive. Loved it.
Great stuff guys.
I especially appreciated the point about Sally’s and Pepe’s vs Modern and Bar (and, for me, Zuppardis which been around forever but really blown up after Portnoy reviewed them and so will probably be a hassle). I grew up going to Sally’s--Flo was a family friend ( New Haven Italian stuff) so we always skipped the line. Unfortunately, the equity of this relationship never really transferred from my grandfather to me and the line skipping privileges dissolved with it. Now when I want great New Haven pizza I go to Modern or Bar. Both are fantastic. Parking is easier for both. They have more seating. And the hours are more accommodating.
Sally and Pepe’s have spread to have numerous locations, but there’s magic in those original ovens that can’t be recreated. My policy for these places is that the original is really the only one worth going to--the rest are sort of impressions of thing. I’d rather go to a place that is its own thing that defies easy and often disappointing comparison to the original version of itself.
Michael’s maxim about shoes is spot-on.
Today’s conversation reminded me of how I felt about “Top: Gun Maverick” - the movie was fine but I really wanted to see it 2 weeks after my high school graduation with my summer romance at the dome theater that got torn down a decade ago
The renovated American Airlines terminal at LGA is great. Night and day difference. My hometown in a flyover state has a direct to LGA on American.