If you’ve been in Cincinnati since, oh, 1954, you’d be aware of LaRosa’s Pizza.
(Note: That in the “Spoiler Box” is just extra detail that really doesn’t add much to the thread. You can just skip it if you want. Like I care.)
[spoiler]You may or may not like it, which is your right, even though not liking LaRosa’s Pizza puts you in league with the Devil Himself, but you would be aware of it. It’s everywhere. Not like Starbucks, where they build new Starbucks in existing Starbucks, but it’s easy to find a LaRosa’s Pizza place. I, personally like LaRosa’s pizza. It’s pretty good. I mean, it’s been around since 1954 so it can’t suck too badly, now can it? And they have some other things on their menu too, in case you don’t like pizza. Sandwiches, they have sandwiches. And salads. Ummm… And other things too. Probably. But when you come from Cincinnati after 1954 and your think of “LaRosa’s”, you pretty much think of pizza. It was a simple, honest pizza. (In this case “simple” means “slightly stupid”.) no goat cheese or avocado slices here. We don’t need such frippery on our pizzas. No way! :mad:
Buddy LaRosa, the founder of LaRosa’s (he named the restaurant after his dog Spanky LaRosa) is a real community-minded guy too. He supports school sports and he’s big in the church festival scene. He donates pizzas for the festivals and for that we all thank him. A good festival is LaRosa’s pizza, the beer booth, funnel cakes and Bars and Bells. LaRosa’s pizza was also the Official Pizza of King’s Island. I’m not sure if it is now since it’s been a long time since I’ve been to King’s Island (which is now Paramount’s King’s Island and they have Klingons walking around instead of just Scooby Doo and Captain Caveman), but the last time I was there, there was LaRossa’s pizza. (Two kinds! Pepperoni and cheese!) The cheese pizza is a Lent Tradition around here. Fridays during Lent is pretty much “Eat a LaRosa’s cheese pizza day.” It’s not like a formal rule. If you eat something else, you won’t go straight to Hell when you die, but St. Pete will look at you with raised eyebrows. :dubious:
But this is not just the story of LaRosa’s pizza. You can go to their web site for that. Another pizza enters into the story riiiiiiight NOW!
In the 80’s a new kid on the pizza block showed up and made a name for themselves. Trotta’s. This was sort of the anti-LaRosa’s. Yet, it was still good pizza. It had a thicker, chewier crust and it was just loaded with garlic. Quite yummy stuff. Their schtick was giant pizzas is square pans. The square pans became their trademark. Not like they went to the Government and formally trademarked the square pizza pan. Let’s face it, that would have just been stupid. Trotta’s Square Pizza™? No, like I said, just stupid. :rolleyes: Remember how I said they had giant pizzas? No? Go back and reread. I’ll wait. They had a really giant pizza called the Lotta Trotta. It was like three large LaRosa pizzas. So for a while, if you were having a party and wanted pizzas, you got a Lotta Trotta. If it was a really big party, you got two. (This was all on the West Side. If you had a party on the East Side, you’d get a wheel of Brie and wine and no one would come because you didn’t have pizza.)
So, until Trotta’s went out of business (something about drugs and overthrowing a small South American country or something- there are differing stories) round pizza meant LaRosa’s and square pizzas mean Trotta’s.
Only now LaRosa’s came out with a new pizza. The Little It’ly. It’s square. So I saw this square pizza and I thought it would be pretty Trotta-like. Thick and chewy crust with LaRosa’s pizza on top. Nope, it wasn’t. It was good and all, and I’ll eat it again, but I was hoping for more chew to the crust. And garlic. I wanted more garlic. Baked right in. I didn’t want to have to sprinkle it on at home.
And speaking of sprinkling on a pizza, do you put Parmesan cheese on your pizza? You get this pizza covered with cheese and the first thing you do before you eat it is sprinkle more cheese on it. I do. You can’t have too much cheese. It’s good for you. Wards off osteoporosis.[/spoiler]
So, as it happens the new pizza wasn’t everything I was hoping for.