By The BaldOne
Years ago when gas stations dotted Derby Street and Rich Stafford was a high school track star there was a little pizza place on Lafayette Street next to an electronics store called Early Radio.
Placido’s Pizza, Best In Town.. was run by an an Italian husband and wife who I never heard speak English. Their kids helped to run the place. The room was small, a few booths and a counter, nothing more. To this day it is my favorite Salem pizza pie. I would fight my way through a pack of wild and hungry dogs for a single slice.
We have many choices for pizza these days. If you want old school you can go to Mandee’s Pizza on upper Essex Street. They just may be the last of the original Salem pie places. Engine House Pizza has changed hands but they are still tossing dough in the window. We still have Salem House of Pizza on Endicott Street.
The only chain type pizza to survive in Salem has been Domino’s. Over the years we have seen Pizzeria Regina, Pizza Hut, Little Caesar’s and Papa John’s have come and gone.
We all have our favorites and have discussed them in a spirited manner both on-line and in person.
Over the last few years new entires have entered the market. Flying Saucer Pizza Company, North House Pizza and a little shop that calls itself Amazing Pizza have stepped with their own pies and generated more than a little buzz. The recent opening of Bambolina has increased the pizza pie noise level in the city.
We will be looking at exploring wonderful world of Salem pizza pie over the next few months. Sicilian, Neapolitan and Greek....we will see what they are all about in this place and that place, and maybe the other places too.
Feel free to let us know what you think. Where do you go for your pie? Do like to sit down at the restaurant to eat or do you prefer take-out? Red sauce or white pizza? Plain cheese, pepperoni, or do you go for a broccoli and kale with some buffalo chicken?
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