Monday, September 26, 2011

the best pizza

I have a running tally in my head, a top ten list, of the best pizza I've ever eaten. It starts with Leonardo's - a long gone small parlor in Worthington that offered pies made with a cracker crust and incredible pepperoni. This thin crust marvel, cut into square pieces is a Columbus thing - which is why Tommy's (also in Columbus) holds down a high spot on my list. Then there's the Mellow Mushroom, started in a closet sized shop on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Still excellent, but only in Atlanta. Can't forget Crozet Pizza in Crozet, Virginia (near Charlottesville), hand tossed by hippies (even today) and the most exotic toppings ever. LaRosa's from Cincinnati, home to the sweetest sauce, jumps in & out of my rankings based on my moods. And now there's Betta's in Norwood, just across the street from Xavier University. Stone & ceramic wood fired oven, grandma Deluca's crust and real Italian 'sauce' (not cooked down). Maggie & I went there to shoot photos for Cincinnati Magazine (November 2011, Pizza Edition) and couldn't leave without sampling the pies and drinking a couple of Moretti's. Is it the best? Well, it entered my list near the top and as for CM - you'll just have to wait until November to find out.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

moving on

"One forgets how fast life can change," said the email.  This line was a small bit of consolation to me last week when the best dog I've ever owned was killed.  Elise felt the pain also, as she wrote the note. Unlike friends & family that are gone, dogs can be replaced.  The lost ones are always remembered, even as the empty spaces are pushed aside.  And now, we have Lily Bee & no time for old thoughts. 

Monday, September 12, 2011


Back on June 28 I wrote about my neighbor Fuzzy and his quest to restore a 1969 Mustang GT.  Well, today he asked me to take some photos of the finished car, so I waited until the evening, early fall light was just right & snapped a few frames. The day has arrived - the pony is out of the barn.