Anyway, at this point, Arturo's Pizza on W. Houston is our favorite in NYC. Pizza baked in a coal oven makes a difference. Don't ask me what the difference is. Maybe it's just the idea of being baked in a coal oven but whatever it is, we like it.
Me and a large onion pie at Regina Pizzeria.Our all time favorite is Regina Pizzeria in Boston's North End on Thatcher St. It has to be the Thatcher Street location because that's the one that has been there since 1926. And those are old ovens, too. Maybe we just like pizza made in old ovens.
But back to my slice at the pizza shop. It's a typical store front shop with the counter at the front and about 6 tables in the back. The place was full and while I was eating, I got a strong whiff of skunk. Then I realized that it was grass. So, I looked to my left to see a guy cleaning out his pipe with his bag of goods sitting right out in plain view on the table. Just like he is sitting at home in his own kitchen. He finished cleaning out his pipe and organized his weed and put it all back in his backpack. Then his buddy showed up all glassy red-eyed. They were so high. At first I was thinking that maybe people are not as uptight about grass these days and this guy feels really comfortable about doing his thing right out in the open. But then when I saw the 2 of them together, I realized that he was so wasted that he didn't even know what he was doing.
The whole event made me remember a time when I was a kid and we were staying on Long Beach Island for the summer. There was a family on the beach and every so often the father would cover his head with a towel and do something. As if he were blocking the wind to light a cigarette. But there was no cigarette. The adults who were with us at that time were all convinced that he was snorting something under there. They had all come to that conclusion and were feeling pity for the children of that family. "How could he do that right in front of his kids?" Not me...I just wanted to go back into the ocean and perfect my body surfing. And last night, I just wanted to eat my pizza before it got cold.