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Can You Name All the Pizza Places You’ve Visited or Ordered From?

RT Cunningham | August 24, 2020 (UTC) | Food and Drink

pizza placesIf I told you I could remember every pizza place I’ve ever visited or ordered from at one time or another, I would be lying. Even though I think I have a decent enough memory, I really don’t. There are some I never knew the name of to begin with. I know I’ve eaten pizza in three countries but no more than that, that I can remember.

I’m not going to bother to list anything from the island of Okinawa in Japan. There was only one place I ever ate pizza at and I think it was called the “Wind Sock” at Camp Futenma, named after the wind sock used at rifle ranges. There was a placed called “Red Baron”, also on Camp Futenma, but it didn’t serve pizza.

Pizza in the United States

If I go back in time far enough, I can remember most of them. At my first military duty station in San Diego, California, I used to call a place called “Vesuvio’s” for pizza. They always left menu flyers in the duty offices. If memory serves me correctly (and that’s a big “if’), a large pepperoni and cheese pizza cost me $5.00 a pop. That was in 1979 and 1980.

This list is an attempt at remembering all the pizza places I’ve dealt with in the United States, and where:

I’m sure there have been more. I just can’t remember the names of them.

Pizza in the Philippines

Most of the pizza places in the Philippines are just like pizza places in the United States. Some franchises have even spread to that country. One of the first places I ate at doesn’t exist anymore. It was called “Chatterbox” and it was on Magsaysay Drive in Olongapo in 1983. I don’t know when it closed.

This list is an attempt at remembering all the pizza places I’ve dealt with in the Philippines, and where:

Again, I’m sure there have been more. Now, Xtremely Xpresso isn’t really a pizza joint but pizza is high on their menu. Their Big Ben pizza has a giant size and that size is as large as one of their round tables in the outside seating area. The cost is about the same as a large pizza at S&R New York Style Pizza, which isn’t nearly as large as the Big Ben.

Although Shakey’s Pizza calls itself a pizzeria, it serves way more than pizza. I can only remember eating at a newer one near the hotels at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone with my wife, Josie, and another relative. That was shortly before Josie and I left the country in June 2018. We would have been back there by now if this COVID-19 thing hadn’t reared it’s ugly head.

Frozen Pizza

I have tried all manner of frozen pizza over the years. These are the brands I remember:

Of those, I like the DiGiorno brand the best. In fact, I’ll usually buy one of two of them every month from the local commissary.

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