All couples have their differences, but one of the biggest strains on my marriage was when my husband admitted that he didn’t like Alex Pizza. I’m not sure I’ve fully accepted it, and on rare occasion he’ll humor me and join me for a pie, although usually he’ll mumble a few sarcastic comments and skip the pizza. And, since the menu has only one option, Greek-style pizza, there’s not a lot of other choices for him.
Fortunately, I have a long list of family and friends who are willing to accompany me to Alex Pizza. It’s usually the first stop we make when friends return home for a visit. Just last month, my girlfriend, who had flown in from Seattle, and I stopped by Alex for lunch on the way home from the airport. I had eaten a large brunch only an hour earlier, but was happy to keep her company while she enjoyed her pizza. Of course, once we stopped in, hungry or not, I ordered a pizza anyway. I did refrain from eating the whole pie which at least proves I showed some restraint. But, what would you expect? It’s Alex Pizza!
If you grew up in the vicinity of Biddeford, Maine then chances are you’re pretty familiar with Alex Pizza. It’s a local landmark in the area and one of the biggest things people who move away seem to miss, at least from my unofficial poll based on the number of Facebook posts I read related to Alex Pizza. I believe people have such a love for the pizza because it is the most delicious pizza ever created, although clearly my husband would not agree. He is wrong, and at 4.5 stars, I have the yelp reviews to prove it!
I’ve been thinking lately, maybe it’s not only the taste, but also the memories associated with it that make it one of my mainstays, and something those who move away long for even years later.
Growing up, there was a weekend ritual in my house. I’m not even sure how many times it actually happened but it’s a strong memory and feels like it was a regular occurrance. My parents spent most Sunday nights bowling in a local league, while my brother and I spent the night at my grandparent’s house. The night always ended with them bringing us an Alex Pizza when they picked us up.
There have also been many, many orders made to-go and enjoyed during family celebrations. In the past twenty years, I have probably met more friends and family at Alex, for a pizza and conversation, than at any other location. It’s become our go-to meeting destination.
I’m not sure if it’s the memories or the taste, but for me Alex Pizza will always be the best place to get pizza in Maine, or really anywhere. It’s been around longer than I have, and has been a part of every stage of my life. Now if only I can convince my husband.
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