You guys remember this photo, right? You saw this from my crappy spontaneous fictitious storytelling post.
Many people asked me where I had this. Well, I had this a couple years ago when I was in Loveland. Where exactly? It was a restaurant called Old Chicago. It is actually a chain, they have outlets all over the United States.
You know, pizza is something that originated from Italy. Many people say American pizzas are crap and not authentic and bullshit and whatnot. I suppose that is true if you are an Italian or a hardcore fan of authentic Italian cuisine. But for someone without any vested interests, someone like me, I think American pizzas are not unauthentic Italian cuisine, but authentic American cuisine. They are just a unique adaptation by the Americans that should not be compared to Italian pizzas. Does that make sense?
I suppose it is like us Malaysians watching Jamie Oliver trying to cook a bowl of laksa but added his own twist with all those rosemary and thyme and those nonsense and we cringe and cry foul and accuse his creation as unauthentic because we are Malaysians and we have vested interests in our national food. But all none Malaysians would think his laksa rocks and would counter accuse us of being narrow minded.
Anyway, let’s get back to American pizzas. When we talk about the American pizzas, it is in turn split into two… categories. Or more like… factions. On one hand we have New York style pizzas. These are very large and rather thin pizzas. They are kind of like the ones I had in the train station in Lucerne, Switzerland. Or if you are in KL, you can visit this restaurant (featured by The Yum List) called Mikey’s.
On the other hand, we have the Chicago style pizzas. A Chicago pizza is usually baked in a deep dish pan, and is typically very thick, much thicker compared to those New York pizzas. You could say they are sort of like the opposite of each other. And (I think) there is a healthy but intense rivalry between these two factions, each claiming the other as bullshit and that they are the ones that do good pizzas. Oh well…
I’m telling you this long winded grandmother story because I want you to know that when you go to Old Chicago, you should order a New York style pizza… if you want to be a complete jackass of the highest order. Of course, they won’t bounce you out because they are a nationwide restaurant chain, but that won’t make you less of a moron. But if you do the same in a local pizza joint in Chicago, you WILL probably be bounced out.
You see the photo at the start of this post? They have three sizes for their pizzas: small, medium, large. That one’s a small. That’s why it was not very big and not very thick, looked just like something we get from Pizza Hut in Malaysia. But their large ones… I saw one on another table, (JustKidding Films mode on) now that’s some real mudda sh*t…
I don’t even remember which pizza I ordered, but it is just a basic pizza with cheese and tomato and pepperoni and (they did not specify this on the menu) parsley. Was it any good? Oh, hell yeah! Very good indeed! One of the best pizzas I have ever had in my life. None of the pizza chains in Malaysia come close. I can only imagine how good a pizza from a local pizza joint (which is always better) will be.
When I placed that order for the pizza, I thought of my mom, and how she will nag at me for not eating vegetables. So I ordered a side salad to go with the pizza. Here’s my slice of pizza and a salad on the side, as you can see from the picture below. 😉
Have I mentioned before that the weather in Colorado can be freaky at times? The weather can change from one extreme to the other in a matter of hours. The day I came to this Old Chicago was one such case to point.
I came here for dinner with a colleague. When we arrived, it was almost sunset but the temperature was a very manageable 60°F (16°C). We were in the restaurant for an hour and a bit, and we came out to this sight.
F**king snowing! And it was bloody cold and the road was wet and slippery! Which leads us to a RealGunners / Lazy Man’s top travel tip: if you are traveling to Colorado, always be prepared for cold weather. AT ALL TIMES. Even if it looks sunny and cool or even warm, there is always a possibility that it will go south in just a couple hours time.