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Pizza Crawl

Now, this journal entry is mostly intended for readers from Connecticut. If you're not from Connecticut, there's probably not going to be a lot here to interest you, so go and talk amongst yourselves.

A few posts back, I wondered whether or not I had any fans in New Haven. Turns out I do. Some of them spoke up in replies to that LJ entry, and others sent me email. Here's why I asked --

Next month Parris and I will be making our annual visit to Boston for Boskone (a great convention, I urge you all to attend). After the con, we'll be making our annual post-Boskone visit to New York City. We usually take the train down from Boston to NYC's Penn Station (soon to be renamed Moynihan Station, I hope, in honor of Parris's Uncle Pat), and that's what we plan to do this year... but this year, we're planning on getting off at New Haven on the way, to try out the pizza.

Some of you may have read my "What I'm Reading" page, and may remember my 2005 review of Ed Levine's book about pizza, A SLICE OF HEAVEN. If so, you'll know that I am a huge fan of classic NYC style thin crust pizza pie ("real pizza," I call it, and don't talk to me about that Chicago deep-dish tomato and bread casserole thing). Well, Levine's book claims that the best pizza in the world comes from New Haven. Since that time, I've also seen a special on the Food Channel that makes the same claim. Two specific places are mentioned -- Frank Pepe's and Sally's.

OK. Out here in New Mexico, I live thousands of miles from great pizza (some of the local pies are adequate, but that's all, and they don't even call 'em "pies," which is a dead clue that the pizza is going to be second rate). I can't stand the thought of riding right past what may be the best pizza places in the world without trying. Ergo...

You've all heard of pub crawls. Well, I'm up for a pizza crawl. I want to try BOTH of these famous pizza places, and see how their pie stacks up. And maybe some place called Modern too. I see from my webcrawling that there are some New Havenites who rate that one even higher than Sally's and Frank Pepe's.

So here's the plan. Parris and I leave leave Boston by train on Tuesday, February 20. It will only take us a few hours to New Haven. We'll check into a hotel, stay overnight, and check out a few slices before departing again for NYC on Wednesday, February 21.

If any of my Connecticut readers want to join us for a slice or three... hey, the more the merrier, I always say. Some local guides would be most welcome... and who knows? If the pizza is as good as advertised, I might even be convinced to make a few knights...

So speak up, New Haven! Who's game for a pizza crawl?


Jan. 15th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
pizza to Boston
Maybe you could just bring a bunch of Stafford House pies to Boskone. I am sure they would go over well at the parties.
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: pizza to Boston
I'm sure they would, but there's zero chance of my going to Boskone, particularly that weekend. In general I avoid situations likely to be crowded - I'm disabled and the consequences of my falling are dire. But also, that weekend is a week before I'll be in New Bedford for a Bela Fleck & Chick Corea concert, and two weeks before I leave for South Africa. I'm self employed, you know how that is. If you don't work, you don't make the mortgage. No such thing as paid vacation time.

But let me know if you want to take me up on the initial offer.
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
Re: pizza to Boston
I can attest that fans are the most thoughtful and accommodating group of people I know, and there have been times I've used either a wheel chair or a mobie to get me around conventions because of my own health problems. This was most noticeable at few years ago at Lone Star Con. Back problems had put me in a plain old wheel chair, and George and I spent several hours in downtown San Antonio trying to get a prescription for muscle relaxants filled. He had to take off for a meeting, leaving me about 6 blocks from the convention. The first four blocks - thru a major shopping mall were very difficult, people cut me off, no one helped me get the doors open so I could roll thru - but one I got near the convention center, fans, people I did not know, offered to push me up ramps, held doors, pushed the cross-walk buttons and were generally helpful in a polite way. Con coms know we have folks who aren't in perfect health, and we generally try to make sure everyone has what they need to enjoy the convention. We tend to see the person, not the chair or the guide dog, and that's a plus for folks who deal with disabilities every day of their lives.

I don't know your specific needs, but I urge you to consider trying a good convention like BosKone to see if you could handle the events for a day. You might be pleasantly surprised. Come to the Bros party, and I'll make sure that you've got a comfy chair to sit in.



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