How far would you go for a style of your youth — and the way a lot would you be prepared to spend.
For 2 Victoria men, the reply is about 4,000 kilometres and greater than $600.
The style they have been searching for? Pizza from Windsor, Ont., a regional specialty identified for a number of distinctive qualities.
“Among the distinctive options are that they use canned mushrooms, which for many pizzerias are an actual taboo, they need recent all the pieces,” defined pizza aficionado and transit employee John Palmer.
“One other distinctive characteristic is that they shred peperoni as an alternative of the spherical disks, that approach you’re assured to get a mouthful of peperoni each chunk. And the cheese is totally different as effectively, it’s made domestically … and it offers it a really distinctive flavour.
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“After all the most important variable is that its from my childhood, so after all it’s going to have a fond place on my style buds.”
Palmer grew up in Windsor, leaving at age 17 to hitch the army. His colleague Nigel Sofa emigrated to Canada in 2005, and Windsor was his first cease.
When the pair met at work, they bonded over the well-known pie.
“We began instantly making a connection over Windsor pizza. For years we talked about attempting to get Windsor pizza out right here, however the logistics have been simply actually difficult,” Palmer defined.
This week, the duo realized that long-running dream, and had Windsor pizzas — 10 of them in whole — delivered from the Southern Ontario metropolis to British Columbia’s capital, at no small expense.
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It wasn’t straightforward. Palmer mentioned he needed to cellphone quite a few pizza outlets to seek out one that may do the deal over the cellphone.
Ultimately, he discovered Antoninos Authentic Pizza, the place he mentioned employees went above and past — agreeing to half-bake, then freeze the pies, and even coordinate with UPS to get them shipped.
To make it occur, Palmer needed to lookup an outdated pal he hadn’t spoken to for years in Windsor get them from the pizza store to the courier.
On Thursday, the work paid off and the pies arrived and the pizza companions divvied up the spoils.
Palmer invited his father and sister-in-law over, all former Windsorites, and the group chowed down and reminisced.
“We talked about Windsor, remembered our time there and outdated mates … as effectively we shared some darned good pizza,” he mentioned.
“So it was actually, actually price it for me.”
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Sofa, who took 4 of the pies residence, mentioned he’s guarding them jealously.
“The issue for me is I’ve to share it with two grown boys,” he mentioned.
“Usually John and I share meals with colleagues at work however this isn’t going anyplace close to work.”
Whereas delivering pizzas practically 4,000 kilometres might sound excessive, it’s not out of the unusual for Windsor pizzerias.
Individuals searching for a style of residence have been identified to have them shipped throughout Canada and the U.S., whereas Antoninos mentioned it’s even accommodated an order from somebody in Dubai.
Regardless of the price, each Palmer and Sofa mentioned they wouldn’t hesitate to put one other order, that’s after they’ve replenished their present pizza stash.
“I feel I’d have to talk to my spouse about how a lot we’re going to pay for it,” Sofa joked, including that the acquisition was “price each penny.”
“It’s like opening a bottle of high-quality wine,” Palmer added.
“I’d not counsel to you it was value efficient to have it shipped from Windsor, this was extra of an emotional resolution.”
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