Who’d Have Thought 1989 Would Become So Braggably Ancient?

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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.

11 Comments so far

  1. NoMi (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 6:55 am

    Are u on drugs ? lol :P


  2. mansoor (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

    lolz!!!!!

    babysalis! hahaha!


  3. Faran (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

    Lol, I was born in 1989. And YES I noticed the *since 1989* too. :D

    I can totally relate to the “writing angst-filled poetry about its A Level exams” part. LOL!!


  4. shiraza shakeel (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

    I feel llike a dinosaur


  5. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on January 20th, 2008 @ 6:54 am

    GOD, I read it as 1889 too when first time I saw the inscription =)


  6. Memorial Power (unregistered) on January 20th, 2008 @ 6:08 pm

    19 years is a long time for a restaurant, I think. But I am amazed to know that you people still go to Papasallis (Islamabad). My couple of visits to Papasallis were so pathetic that I stoped visiting it. Rawalpindi papasallis is way better then Islamabad pappasallis. Anyone else noticed it too or is it only me ,who experienced the bad cook.


  7. Ahmad (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:12 am

    Isn’t 1989 the year Vital Signs came out with Dil Dil Pakistan?

    Oh I feel oldddd


  8. JNK (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 8:14 am

    I remember the opening night -the fireworks and the large turnout. I –strangely– remember the price of Lasagne: Rs. 60. Holy Macaroni, can you imagine? I ordered it, and a friend of mine, who was eating Italian for the first time, ordered it thinking I knew what I was doing, and then screamed, “oh mere saat rupay kha gaya, keema and cheese mix.”

    Good old days. Nadia Coffee Shop’s High Tea was also, coincidentally, Rs. 60 at the time.

    I was 13 then, now 30. What a kebab.


  9. Asif (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 12:00 am

    Guys i started citizen reporting website. Would anyone from Islamabad care to join. so far looks like everyone is from Karachi on the site.

    site is http://tazakino.com

    1989 man that brought back so many memories


  10. usman (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 2:34 am

    oops i was born in 1989 too.
    That’s y i can’t agree or disagree.I think every restaurant is doing this.
    Take a photo of an old man(dadon pardadon ke koi pic loo,u can easily find from yo parents album)than make a logo ov yo restaurant consisting ov this photo and write since 1889.
    I don’t think i have ever heared bundo khan a 3 or 4 yrs bk.They also display that type ov figure which is very difficult for me to digest


  11. usman (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 3:11 am

    oops i was born in 1989 too.
    That’s y i can’t agree or disagree.I think every restaurant is doing this.
    Take a photo of an old man(dadon pardadon ke koi pic loo,u can easily find from yo parents album)than make a logo ov yo restaurant consisting ov this photo and write since 1889.
    I don’t think i have ever heared bundo khan a 3 or 4 yrs bk.They also display that type ov figure which is very difficult for me to digest



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