Slice of heaven: Pizza in the 80s
Yesterday was a banner day here at Stuck in the 80s: The discovery of a 21-inch pizza (albeit with jalapenos and pepperoni) was confirmed by food fan Michelle. I've had to change three shirts just because of the resulting drool.
But this beautiful news confirms one of my long-held beliefs: The '80s was the decade of pizza. (Even though the last "Cup O' Pizza" franchise died in 1979.) We owned it, baby. Don't bother trying to confuse the issue with facts. In my mind, bagel pizza bites, pizza rolls, taco pizza and French bread pizza all came of age during those glorious years. Not to mention that I've never failed to celebrate a birthday with a pie of my own. (This year, an 18-incher with pepperoni, sausage, ham, onions, peppers and 'shrooms.)
Need further evidence? Look at our beloved movies of the '80s. The pizza stains are all over them.
TOP FIVE FAVORITE PIZZA MOVIES OF THE 80s:
5. MYSTIC PIZZA (1988): The only thing worth slobbering over in Mystic, Conn., is the pizza pie ... and Annabeth Gish. "Yeah, well, don't worry about me. I'm gonna slingin' pizza for the rest of my life."
4. LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN (1982): Gary works for "The Pink Pizza," mainly so he can drive the company car. He should have forgotten about Karen and just concentrated on Carmela. "Come to me my big burrito!"
3. LOVERBOY (1989): Patrick Dempsey's forgotten '80s classic. At Senor Pizza, the specialty of the house is a pie with extra anchovies. Too bad the house's gigolo grew a conscience. "I had a letter to Penthouse staring me right in the face, and I let it go."
2. DO THE RIGHT THING (1989): Spike Lee loves pizza so much, he plays the delivery guy at Sal's Pizzeria, the baddest restaurant in Brooklyn. "Stay black, Mookie."
1. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982): Still the best Sean Penn role of all time. No telling how many people in our generation fantasized about ordering a pie in history class and uttering the famous explanation, "Learning about Cuba, and having some food."