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Uno’s Still Uno for Me as Deep Dish Pizza Goes

June 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments

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ORLANDO – I’m up here taking a class that I desperately hope will improve my web site. It’s a week long and for bunches of reasons, have been unable to catch up with friends for dinner. Last night I took the easy way out and stopped by Uno’s on I-Drive to pick up a small pizza and a salad from Uno’s.

Very friendly servers helped me out in a town where everyone in the hospitality industry is nervous about being laid off at any minute — thanks to a weakened tourist season, though they’re encouraged by lowering gas prices.

Still, the majority of car tags around here are local – not what they want to see. Hope that changes for them as summer wears on.

Uno’s gets around

I’ve eaten at the original Uno’s in Chicago and did a big story on them when they first came to Fort Lauderdale in the ’80s. They’re even in New York now – pretty much a ubiquitous chain.

 That pizza last night was scrumptious — and not because I was hungry. The crust was crisp on the bottom, it was chock full of ingredients and wasn’t swimming in grease. I ate the crust rim — something I rarely do with other pizzas.

I like it. It’s that simple. I don’t miss it because I don’t miss any pizza enough to pine for it, except maybe the Pizza Oven’s pizza from my childhood (Rod Campbell, are you still out there?) and only because my parents liked it and bought it for us to take to the drive-in. Even more fun.

Fight with me if you like — I’ve had this argument before many times with readers who are as passionate about pizza as I am about good fried chicken and no sugar in cornbread.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ksteinhoff // Jun 24, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    My pizza standard was set by Tony’s Pizza in Cape Girardeau. Tony was a Greek who pretty much introduced my home town to pizza.

    He’d go back to Greece every year with his Caddie in the hold of the ship to impress his relatives and he’d bring the car and some of his family back with him.

    I walked into a pizza joint in Columbia MO on a high school debate trip and thought it looked oddly familiar. Turns out it was a clone of Tony’s run by a relative.

    When I transferred to Ohio University in Athen, OH, Tom’s Pizza looked just like Tony’s. Yep. Same layout and another Tony relative.

    He had figured out a formula that worked: find small college towns and set up your hard-working relatives.

    Tony’s is long gone, unfortunately. I’ve often wondered what happened to him and if any of his stores are still open.

    If you’re in Tallahassee, I like Paulina’s.

  • 2 Rod Campbell II // May 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Hello Jan! My Dad, Rod Campbell, is still out there and you can connect with him on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000714647542

    He’s still doing well and he mellowed out a lot in his old age. Had another round of kids (3 of us) and his youngest son just turned 17 (Russell). I’m his oldest son out of the new batch. He’s living in Olympia, WA and he’s 82 years old — but sharp and healthy!

    Feel free to email me!

  • 3 Jan Norris // May 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Wow! Talk about a blast from the past! I will definitely find him on Facebook – thanks so much! Curious as to how you found me with such a tiny mention?

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