It’s been two months since I’ve seen the glowing neon “Open” sign that dangles from my favorite New York slice shop in Madison, WI.
Slices-the-size-of-your-head are hard to come by on Madison’s westside and I’m starting to experience some serious pizza FOMO. It’s not your normal fear of missing out either; like the kind a teen feels when held up from a Saturday night with friends. My fear feels permanant, more haunting.
I’m afraid I’ll never get to see my reflection in the greasy sheen of an extra cheese Pizza Di Roma slice ever again. I’ll forget how the oversized slice flops between my fingers as I give it a fold. Where am I going to get a quality BBQ chicken slice? And will I even be in the radius of any New York style delivery zone?
As businesses begin to open back up I visit the Pizza Di Roma Facebook page daily; desperately scouring for a glimmer of hope— a new post, a notification or a clue that they could be opening up. Though, the original downtown location resumes business, all of us loyal westside patrons, have only been offered a bleak post: “Closed until further notice” (I’m disheartened to admit I glimpsed a rumor that there is a “For Sale” sign out front!).
Now that I can’t have Pizza Di Roma I want it more than ever.
I look back and kick myself for all the times I could’ve ordered it, but didn’t. All the times I settled for a single slice instead of a whole pie. All the 20 inchers I didn’t tilt through my door.
Moral of the story: Life is short so eat your favorite local pizza as much as you can.
What I wish I was eating: Pizza Di Roma
What I’m reading: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us –Daniel H. Pink