Who’d Have Thought 1989 Would Become So Braggably Ancient?
Only today did I notice that Pappasallis prints the words ‘Since 1989’ on its pizza boxes.
And all at once, I felt like the year 2008 is a really long way away from the first time I ate out with my family at this fancy Italian restaurant and ordered asparagus soup, much to the disgust of my cousins.
Man. ‘Since 1989.’
Of course, a simple calculation revealed to my mathematically slow-witted mind that Pappasallis is in fact only 19 years old. Which is younger than I am – so young that if it were a person it would be writing angst-filled poetry about its A Level exams right about now.
19 years is a lot for a restaurant though, and any thoroughbred Islamabadi can testify to Pappasallis’ long-standing success. But the lettering on the pizza box made me feel like it was 19 hundred years old. I imagined this whole epic saga where Pappasallis and Mammasallis had been history since the olden days, and the restaurant had been run by successive generations of pizza-dough-spinning Babysallis’ right up to the present.
In fact, if you squint and try very hard not to think clearly, it almost looks like it’s ‘Since 1898’.
Or maybe that’s just me. Tee hee.