That’s-a Nice-a Pizza!-


Oh yeah.

I got my wish on our Anniversary the other day. I got my pizza from

Bertini’s of Salem.

It was a funny kind of Anniversary this year but one that neither of us will ever forget. The boat-on-the-rocks, that basically set the tone for the day. But Lady Luck was with us that day, and by mid-afternoon, Paul was back home, happily constructing traps in the basement, as usual. His boat rescued in the morning.

The following day he was back out lobstering. All’s well that ends well.

But for our anniversary celebration, I made him a nice card on my computer, which I always do lately for everyone since I don’t get out to the shops. He liked it.

He apologized for not giving me a card BUT had a good excuse. Last year, on our 25th Anniversary, he had gone out and bought a card, a regular old Anniversary card, but then he remembered it was a rather special one (a quarter of a century of married bliss), so he saved the original card and went back and got me a 25th Anniversary Card. He didn’t tell me about that last year.

He kept the first card to give to me THIS year, our 26th. But of course he could not find it. He said he has had it somewhere in his room all this time, and has even run across it quite often when moving stuff around, but all of a sudden he cannot find it.

Anyway, I couldn’t care less about a card. I had fun making his, and he rescued his boat from the ocean, so I had nothing to complain about. Besides, all I wanted out of this Anniversary was pizza from Bertini’s of Salem and a big hug.


Dogs loved this plan, too, because they always get the crusts when we are done with the rest of it. They know when it’s pizza night around here…

And that’s what I got, including the big ((hug)).

He got three pizzas since they are smallish in size, and they only make one size there. They have made this exact pizza for almost as long as I have been alive, which is quite a long time. It doesn’t look like much, no bells and whistles on this pizza – oh no. I like a plain cheese pizza, which the one above is, but I had Paul get 3 of them, one for him with pepperoni and green peppers, one for me with only mushrooms (which Paul won’t touch with a 10-foot pole), and one for the refrigerator, the plain one above, for me to have piecemeal for lunches for the next few days.


Bertini’s hasn’t changed their recipe in all these years, either. It is the same tasting pizza as it was when I was a kid. Amazing. Not fancy. But it’s one of those things I just go nuts over. Normally I make my own pizza, but this was a real treat. After a day full of ups and downs, rockin’ and rollin’ of boats, highs and lows, ifs-ands-or-buts, and in no uncertain terms worries galore, our day ended well and quietly with bellies full of the best darn pizza in town.



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8 Responses to That’s-a Nice-a Pizza!-

  1. Bex says:

    Miss Rachel – I don’t get out much anymore but if I were to, Rockport would be my first destination. I haven’t been up there in years, since the late 1990’s actually. That is shamful, I know. It’s the perfect town.


  2. Miss Rachel says:

    Happy anniversary. I have not been to Salem in a while (except when I passed through on the train a couple weeks ago), although my mother and sister live in Rockport. Yummy looking pizza and a beautiful collie. My dog loves pizza crusts too.


  3. Michael says:

    What a wonderful tradition (and what delicious looking pizzas). It’s been so long since I had a good pizza (and I really don’t recommend the vegan ones, although I found a vegan lasagna that I like, not that that has anything to do with it).


  4. mz. em says:

    Yuuum, pizza. We had a pizza place in Baywood Park, and they were the best. If only they delivered. But, alas, they went out of business and we have yet found a pizza joint we love.

    BTW, happy anniversary. Twenty-six year’s of marital bliss is wonderful.


  5. Bex says:

    Sil, I read in Michael (Bunt Sign)’s blog that you were watching the peregrine web cam so I just added it here. They are fun, aren’t they?

    There are a lot of pizza “guru’s” in Mass. notably in Boston’s North End. So don’t know if yours in Maine came from here, but it’s fabulous pizza, no question about it.


  6. Bex says:

    I can’t take any credit for the good manners of my dogs. I didn’t teach it to them, but for some reason, they know not to grab food until it is officially offered to them. Of course, if your finger is next to the piece of food, it may get eaten with it, so you need to be careful with that, but all we have to do is stop and say “g-e-n-t-l-e” a few times and they will take the food gently. They really are good puppies, I have to say. I am one luckly mama.


  7. That’s a real treat! I do love a good pizza! That looks like the kind of pizza that Mr. Breton sold in Winslow, Maine. Supposedly he apprenticed with a pizza guru down in Mass. somewhere. Who knows? Could be!
    You are watching the same two bird webcams that I watch from Korea. 🙂 Sunrise in Maine comes close to sunset here, so I know when to turn on the computer. It’s nice to hear the “dawn chorus” in Iowa a couple hours later, too.


  8. Rhubarb says:

    Ho ho ho! Dogs get the yummy crusts. Now I know why I see a very polite 4-footed member of the family very quietly sitting by the pizza in the picture. Good manners forbid begging, but you don’t mind if I just “guard” the pizza, do you, Mom?


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