Food Feedback: Memories of Mineo's, maple syrup

Your article ["Mineo's Pizza of Squirrel Hill expands" by Melissa McCart, Magazine, March 21] brought back a lot of memories for me. In 1958, I was a freshman at Taylor Allderdice High School. On the day that Mineo's opened, a bunch of friends and I rushed right over to the new pizza shop as soon as we got out of school. Up until then, we had to go to Beto's Pizza in Oakland if we wanted pizza.

I don't remember John Mineo. The Mineo that I remember was Eddie. And, I remember telling him on that first day that his pizza was good, but it would be a lot better if he would just put a little less sauce on the pizza and a little more cheese.

The next day, we went back for another slice (I think they were 10 cents) and there was a little less sauce and a little more cheese on it. I told Eddie, "Now it was perfect!"

Mineo's has been making it that way ever since!


Your story on Sweet Traditions and Casey Catalfu's sugar house ["Sweet Tradition" by Bob Batz Jr., Food & Flavor, March 6] was reprinted yesterday in one of our local papers, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. I just wanted to let you know how much it meant to my wife and me. It was such a treat to read your story and recall the best part of spring in Northwest Pennsylvania (I grew up in Warren County and went to Westminster College in New Wilmington). There were sugar houses all over the place when I was a kid, but few, if any, with restaurants attached to them.

My wife, Thea, is from western Massachusetts, so we're both addicted to maple syrup, but only the real thing, not the kind grown by farmers in Nebraska or Iowa. My Dad's family is from East Hickory, a little spot a few miles southeast of Corry, and my Uncle Mike and Aunt Frannie have lived in Corry since before I can remember (and I'm 60, so it's been a while). It seems like we spent every other weekend during the '60s at their farm. Too many wonderful memories to sort out.

Thanks again. Go Bucs!


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