Date: October 28, 2012 02:31PM
> Getting a little out of the area, I lived in the
> Bensonhurst area of Brooklyn for about ten years,
> and I remember going into the original Sbarro's,
> which was at the corner of 17th Avenue and 65th
> Street. I often was served at the counter by Mr.
> Sbarro himself. Last time I visited back there,
> the original store, which was more of a salumeria
> than a pizzeria, was gone, but I always remember
> Mr. Sbarro when I visit one of their pizzerias
I find that very interesting, since I honestly thought that Sbarro's was just a made up name for a chain of mall pizza places. It would not have occurred to me that they had their beginnings in a genuine NY-style pizza joint (or grocery store as it seems). I guess because they've been a mall staple for so long, and they don't make a big deal about their heritage like McDonald's does.
Not having grown up in the city I have no idea what pizza places were like. Out here in the suburbs we used to have a great place called Orlando's, which was owned by the parents of one of my schoolmates. Anyway they had the best pizza, but sometime in the 90's they changed the sauce formula, and it was just bland and awful. They're still in business, but I don't know how because i never see cars parked there, and they're kind of out on the edge of town.
I almost hate to admit it, but they opened up an Aurelio's near my folks' place, and it's pretty good.