The SO and I went to Round Table for pizza before I took her to the airport. We rarely go there, since it’s a 50-mile round trip from the house. I could pick up a pizza from there on one of my commuting days, but don’t. Instead we have a choice of the expensive Pizza Factory, Little Seizures, Domino’s, or homemade. The SO mentioned on our drive to Seattle that Round Table is her ‘new favourite pizza’. (i.e., the best pizza available in the area, for the price.) My friends and I ate a lot of RT pizza before cruising the boulevard, back in the day. But ‘new favourite pizza’ reminded me of Straw Hat.
I loved Straw Hat pizza when I was a kid. Organ Power Pizza had the awesome pipe organ (I’d always request Toccata And Fugue In D-Minor) and the animatronic mounted animal heads. Filippi’s Pizza Grotto was where the grown-ups liked to go. But as a child I thought Straw Hat had the best pizza. Not only that, but they had a projector so I could watch The Three Stooges and Woody Woodpecker and Chilly Willy and Abbot & Costello while I ate.
I moved away from San Diego in 1976. There wasn’t a Straw Hat in Lancaster. After I moved to L.A., I discovered there was near enough to the apartment to get one if I really wanted Straw Hat pizza that much; but not close enough to be convenient. So it’s been over three decades since I’ve been to one.
I wonder if their pizza is as good as when I was a kid? I wonder if their pizza is the same as when I was a kid, but worse because my tastes have changed? I wonder if they still show movie shorts and cartoons?