Reclaiming Our Ground

Charlotte pier in March, Winter 2015, Rochester, New York
Charlotte pier in March, Winter 2015, Rochester, New York

We spotted some Pachysandra sticking out from under the piles of snow that line our sidewalk. We picked some sprigs of witch hazel from the bush down the street and brought them home to fully open in our kitchen. They smell rich like butterscotch. We’re two days from Saint Patty’s, our Spring marker, and we took a walk without our skis for the first time in six weeks.

Louise asked what pizzeria we liked and we told her “Nino’s.” We’ve been going there for thirty years, whenever we order pizza that is and that is only about once a year. I described why we liked it, great sauce, fresh ingredients, homemade sausage and thick crust. She stopped me at the thick crust part. “Matthew doesn’t like thick crust.”

On Friday we met Matthew and Louise at La Belle Vita in Webster, right across from the Denonville Inn on Empire Boulevard. They do wood-fired pizza, individual pizzas, and they are thin sliced. I had the “Rustico” with both roasted red and hot green peppers. It was fantastic. At dinner Matthew recommended “Leviathan.” It is currently at the Little and we had gone to see it last week but we never got out of the café and in to the theater. We sat down with Gloria while her husband was playing drums with Maria Gillard. They were stretching with with some rather complicated standards and having a ball. It was all very enjoyable.

I’m glad we got the push for the Russian movie. It’s actually based on an American story. The corrupt power theme works well in all languages. Leviathan is dark and fairly heavy but absolutely beautiful. We loved it.


4 Replies to “Reclaiming Our Ground”

  1. Btw, it’s not called ‘thick crust’, it’s called Sicilian. And it’s probably the authentic Rochester pizza given our huge Sicilian American population. When I want a slice I order a ‘Sicilian corner’.

  2. no tombstone in the dodd/fournier freezer i take it. leviathan was heavily censored in russia and the director encouraged people to watch bootleg downloads, amazing putin hasn’t jailed him.

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