Skip to comments.No Slice for You: How Rockaway Beach Got Its Very Own Pizza Nazi
Posted on 02/11/2014 9:36:46 AM PST by nickcarrawayEdited on 02/11/2014 9:40:00 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Slices aren't an option at Whitney Aycock's Rockaway Beach pizza shop, as he will happily explain to anyone who orders one: “If you want a slice, go to Elegante’s. I don’t give a fig,” he told one customer late on a recent Friday night. Next in line was a pair of teenagers. One was eager to sample Aycock's handcrafted creations. The other was scared to try something new. She asked for plain. “Plain pizza?” Aycock asked, sounding offended. “What is ‘plain’ pizza?” After a playful yet testy exchange, both kids turned around without making an order and fled out the door. Aycock was fine with losing the sale if it helped him make his point.
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I love living in the south. I can go all week and not hear a single F-word in polite company. :-)
I don’t deal well with nazis. If he tries that with me he won’t like the results.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
I would have to assume that the customers put up with the shop owner’s surly attitude because one simply cannot obtain pizza anywhere else within the greater New York metropolitan area.
Because otherwise, the only sound one should hear in there is the sound of the owner’s cursing echoing through the empty eatery.
Um, if I ever go there, remind me not to order mushrooms on my pizza. Mr. Mysterious forager only needs to be wrong once...
Ha! This guy sounds like a gun aficionado conversing with a neophyte looking to buy some clips for his new Ruger LC9.
Amen. Ten years in Tennessee; heard the 'f' word once. Here in soviet Red Hampshire (surrounded by New Yorkers), I hear it every ten minutes...and that's from the kids. :-)
Got to love NYC pizzas, though...
I live in NYS. You don’t buy a pizza from a Whitney Aycock’. You buy a pizza from some guy named guido or Angelo
That kinds of pizza is tomato, basil, cheese, IIRC.
It’s decent enough if made right. I’ve had it several times in the Midwest.
I think I can live without sampling any of this self-important prick’s pies.
A margherita is crushed tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. And it’s delicious.
Pizza margherita is a style of pizza from Naples, where the locals claim it is the "original pizza." It's topped with tomatoes, cheese and fresh basil; the story is that the recipe was created to celebrate the unification of Italy in 1861-- the toppings match the colors of the Italian flag, and it is named for Queen Margherita, wife of King Victor Emanuel I.
When I was in London, daughter and I ordered a pizza by phone for “carry-out” rather than take-out.
When I showed up the guy asked me, “So, you want a margherita?”
“No,” I said. “I want a pizza.”
Wife back home thought I was nuts. But I’d always thought they were two different things.
“Aycock was fine with losing the sale if it helped him make his point”
Well if his point is to prove he is an asswad then good for him he succeeded..
There’s no doubt (from reading the article) that the guy is passionate about pizza. He really puts his all into it. That’s very cool. In today’s society, no one seems to care about the quality of their work.
But he’s doing a really terrible job of getting that point across - swearing, blowing off potential customers, etc.
He needs to educate his customers in a much smoother way than that. There’s no cachet in being a pr*ck or a holier than thou a-hole to your customers.
Now I’ve got The Ramones song in my head.
Looks like mine - thin crust - no cheese - w/ anchovies
Do they charge extra for burning this misshapen mess?
Moose cheese is the only way.
No, it's Italian. Named after Margherita of Savoy, Queen of Italy at the turn of the last century. The tomato, basil, and cheese, resembled the Italian flag.
“A plain apizza means the creator has the confidence in his dough and his sauce.”
Amen brother. Other than the dough, sauce and cheese, everything else is just personal taste.
That sounds nice. I need to find better company.
His shop, his rules; his success, his failure.
However, people dropping the F-word repetitively (like this article, or its subject) make it merely vulgar and boring. And, if I used the F-Word in (for instance) my favorite BBQ joint down here, it wouldn't increase my popularity at all....
Mom used to say that people cursed because they didn't have the language skills to express what they really felt. Being a teenager at the time, I said "Feh. @#$#@#@%@!!!". Now, with 20-30 more years under my belt, I understand what she meant. For instance, it's much more memorable to come up with a creative and accurate description of a thing, than merely comment a throwaway: "It's a piece of #$#@$@ing #$@#$4!!!".
I'd exclude politicians from the list, though. There aren't enough four-letter words in the book for me to accurately express my contempt for the current DC residents.
That is pretty cool. There was a small pizza/sub shop in the small town where I grew up that had a curtain between the dining area and the owner's living room. You'd go in, he'd fix your food and go back to watching Lawrence Welk 10 feet away. Very modest existence, but when he finally closed and I asked my uncle "What's Mr. Stephano going to do?", he said, "Anything he wants, he's plowed his profits into real estate and owns about half the town."
I like the browned and burned crust there. Looks like a great pizza
Thank you so much....I love the Ramones.
You don’t understand. Having a surly waiter in NY is part of the overall experience. If you are uptight and aren’t cool about trying something different in NYC, you don’t rate a slice.
Get over it. Stay in Peoria.
The owner of this particular pizza joint loves to see comments like yours, it what keeps his establishment an exclusive place.
My favorite pie but I add garlic and sometimes fresh basil.
Uh huh. Do tell.
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