Pizza as a metaphor for life

So, I was lounging on the couch the other night, watching on of my favorite TV shows on The Travel Channel, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. This week, Anthony jetted off to the wilds of the US’s Pacific Northwest, out to uncover all that makes the area unique and mystical. Specifically, to Portland and Seattle.

Apparently, Portland is a foodie haven (who knew?!). One of the places Anthony hit up was the famed pizza restaurant, Apizza Scholl’s. At first glance, it looks like your typical neighborhood pizza joint. Until you meet the owner.

First of all, this guy is PASSIONATE about pizza. I mean, to him, it’s an art form. He hand mixes the dough and allows no more than three toppings per pie (and only one meat). This is to ensure the pizza comes out as wonderful and delicious as you ever thought it can be. (Some liken him to the famed Seinfeld character, the Soup Nazi).

They’re open from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. — or until they run out of dough. That’s right – if he runs out of dough, they close up shop for the night. Some nights that happens around 8 p.m. They take reservations for groups of 8 to 12 people – but only one per night.

How awesome is that?! This guy is a great example of turning your passion into a business you love. And not only that, he hasn’t succumbed to corporate pressure (or even consumer pressure) to change his art form into food for the masses. To him, pizza is to be savored. And he’ll do it his way, or no way at all.

I loved his uncompromising attitude. How many businesses have cut corners, made concessions or bent the rules because they could save a few bucks or make a few more? It’s not shock that Apizza Scholl’s is listed as one of the best restaurants in Portland. When you’re passionate about something, people sense that and want to be a part of it.

And if I’m ever in Portland, you better bet I’m going to be one of the first in line to taste one of those pizzas. They looked DELISH!

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6 Comments

  1. Love the story…business owners like that inspire me. How much different would a typical work day be for us if all the companies we dealt with approached business like this owner.

  2. Oh my!! Of course I was reading this post and thinking, “Right on!” the entire time… and I knew this rang a bell… so I checked: We have *three* posts about pizza on The DIFF! Three!!

    1. Discovering the DIFF over a slice of pizza: http://www.whatsthediff.com/2006/11/discovering_the.html
    2. Pizza done the right way: http://www.whatsthediff.com/2007/03/pizza_done_the_.html
    3. Great pizza delivery place, Amico’s: http://www.whatsthediff.com/2007/08/so-whos-the-dif.html

    Yes, we can learn a lot from pizza. Kudos to Bourdain for featuring this leader in passion! (Yes, we put the kids to bed and watch “No Reservations” as much as we can!)

  3. I think pizza is the answer to the world’s problems, don’t you? Well, maybe not, but at least it would taste a lot better!

  4. Hahaha! Indeed, Liza! In fact, we sure could use some local recommendations for pizza… we’ve tried Mellow Mushroom and Frodo’s… great stuff, but we need a more traditional option, too. If anyone has suggestions, I’d appreciate it! 😉

  5. My husband and I have become big fans of Coal Fired Pizza. Here is a good review (pay close attention to the wine delivery system!).

    Just a fair warning, it is almost impossible to leave without dropping some serious cash, especially when you start drinking all the great wines they have, but they do have good pizza. I guess you could just order “to go” so you won’t be tempted by the wine and martini selection!

    http://otherbrooksbrother.wordpress.com/2008/01/27/restaurant-review-coal-fired-pizza/

  6. I second Kim’s recommendation for Coal Fired Pizza at Pelham Rd. and Hwy. 14 in Greer. It’s the best pizza I’ve had locally.


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