Two articles today
Two articles in the NY Times today that may be of interest to chowhounds. One is J. Steingarten's op-ed piece about the Joy of Eating, the URL is http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/03/opinion/03STEI.html
The other is a Metro section piece about the latest immigrant group to open pizzerias and "Italian" delis, namely Albanians: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/03/nyr...
Man, they're so LATE with stuff. Albanians have been running pizzerias in town for DECADES.
The place mentioned in the Bronx for pizza and boureks has been old news to chowhound for many years, and the writer missed three bourek-selling Albanian pizzerias in Queens (and, for that matter, all the South American pizzerias in Queens with interesting non-pizza items...and all the Sikh pizzerias in Queens...etc).
And Albanians have NOT been "using pizzerias to segue into the middle and higher ends of the restaurant business". That's untrue. Albanians have run both high-end Italian restaurants and pizzerias in NYC for an eternity. I mentioned this in Time Out like six years ago, and it was old news then.
Shouldn't newspaper reporters be on the cutting edge? That's their job, no?
re: Jim Leff
re: Jim Leff
On the other hand, check out this uncommonly brazen attribution (I'll keep the quote short, so it's fair-use of the copyrighted material):
"The Italians can't do the work anymore, they've gotten fat in America," said Joe Carnevalla, an Italian- American whose company supplies groceries to 700 pizzerias in the New York area."
For an amusing exercise, try searching for Joe or Joseph Carnevalla on the Internet. Not a trace. Heh.