We’ve got Valentine’s Day on our brain! Here’s another Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway winner with her tale of how her beau stole her heart with a visit to a legendary pizzeria.
Name: Michelle S.
Romantic dining partner: Husband Tom.
Married: August 1994.
Hometown: Huntington, New York.
Oh, what a slice: “After many years attending graduate school at NYU Stern School of Business part time, I was finally graduating. When I asked my boyfriend Tom (now my husband) how he would like to celebrate, he told me to leave it up to him. So, for weeks, I ruminated on which great NYC restaurant he would take me to. Would it be Bouley, One if By Land Two if By Sea, or La Grenouille — or maybe some new restaurant that we had never been to? As the day approached, I donned my best white dress and attended graduation ceremonies. He would still not tell me where we were headed, and as we began to walk, he said that it wasn’t a long walk. All he would tell me was that it was a Greenwich Village institution, and since was I was part-time student (working the other half) and had not had the chance to really experience the area, he thought to make up for it. When we stopped in front of a pizza parlor named John’s, I was very taken aback and immediately disappointed. However, after he explained the significance of the restaurant, I began to calm down. And, after I had my first bite of the most wonderful pizza in the world, it will be a memory I will always treasure!”
Do you still consider pizza a romantical food? “Yes, pizza is a romantic food.”
Have you been back to John’s since this first visit? “We have been back to John’s and have actually brought our two sons so they, too, can experience the best pizza in the world.”
What do you enjoy most about dining out with Tom? “I enjoy my solitary time now with Tom when dining out, since we have two teenage boys who take up much of our time.”