Posted by denelle
I’m waiting for my pizza.
There is a restaurant here in my town that serves the most divine pizza. Granted, it’s not the old world pizza that is flat, and has a small amount of fresh, delicious ingredients, like fresh tomatoes, basil and olive oil from the region. This is straight up American, with thick, carbohydrate-rich crust, and about seven pounds of cheese. Slices so heavy you have to have a rub down after dinner.
The atmosphere at the restaurant is almost as surprising as the low prices. Located next to a scrap metal dump, this restaurant sits unassumingly, pulled back from the street, almost daring passersby to notice it. Not that you could miss the delicious aroma. Wafting through the streets, traveling the airspace to your nostrils, you would HAVE to stop and ask yourself, “am I starving to death all of a sudden? I believe I’m going to pass out if I don’t get some delicious Italian food right this instant!” Don’t worry. It happens all the time. Finding a parking space on a Friday is a rarity, though, so if the sudden hunger hits you on the weekend, best get there early or the wait is astronomical. Coming into the restaurant you will notice that the dimly lit ambiance isn’t as much romantic as it is homey. This is a local favorite, and families come together for laughter, the breaking of bread, maybe a little booze. Adding to the flavor of the familial atmosphere is the ghost in the bathroom, who runs in and out of stalls, waving the doors. Maybe no one else has noticed but me. It’s like a customer loved the food so much, they never wanted to leave. And who could blame her? Perfectly proportioned toppings, with that homemade crust, so hot and delicious, and melting like perfection on your taste buds.
I’m anticipating the ranch dressing. A trick I learned working at a pizza bar, when you have decent ranch, dip that thing in and it’s like heaven in your mouth. I don’t always do this, because of course the pizza is perfect enough as is. But the ranch dressing here is so good people come in just to pick up a tub. It’s good enough to eat by itself. By the spoonful. My mouth is watering. I want my pizza now. I want my mouth full of ecstasy now, please. NOW.
Of course, the pizza that I’m waiting for isn’t coming until Friday. Or Saturday. And here it’s only Thursday. And I’m not getting DeLuca’s this weekend. I have a frozen pizza in the freezer, waiting to ‘self-rise’ in my oven.
Hey, I can still anticipate.