We were recently invited out to celebrate a couple who were both turning eighty this year. The party was hosted by their children and they had a full turnout of guests to enjoy the festivities. The children grew up with my Bride and the parents are friends with my in-laws, so I kind of sat back and watched my Bride revel in the get-together. They had made a video of their life that was playing on a big screen television that they brought in, and of course, even though gifts were not encouraged, everyone seemed to bring something.
The party was held at a Buddy’s Pizzeria, because it had a large private room, and was rather centrally located for the children of the parents who were being honored. Buddy’s is rather an institution in Detroit, as they started out as a blind pig in 1946 and became legit, rather quickly. They are nationally known for their pizzas, usually getting into the top ten of most lists. The dinner was set up family style and there were two kinds of salads, an antipasto and a Greek-style, and I am always amazed that that pizzerias have a Greek salad, but what do I know. There were platters of mostaccioli for all of the guests and then there were pizzas. This was the first time that I have ever eaten their pizza, I have been to several of the different locations, but I never had pizza. They are credited for the creation of the “Detroit-Style” thick crust square pizza. Tradition has it that necessity was the creation, as they secured these “pans” that were used in industry to hold nuts and bolts for an assembly line. I was a little surprised that the main cheese used for the pizza was Wisconsin Brick cheese, so it was totally a different taste than what I was expecting.
We each only had one glass of wine as we had quite a bit of driving to do after the party. My Bride had a glass 0f Bollini Pinot Grigio Trentino DC 2016. The wine was cold pressed and settled for sixty hours and then low temperature vinification in Stainless Steel for twenty-five days and finally spent four to five months on the lees, also in Stainless Steel. The wine had a nice, but not overly crisp taste with just a tinge of minerals. I had the Santa Martina Rosso Toscana IGT 2016 from Tenute Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari. The Folonari family has been in wine production since the late 1700’s and is still family owned and operated. The wine was forty percent Sangiovese and then the balance was equally split among Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. With the additional three varietals, the wine had to have the Toscana IGT designation and almost every restaurant seems to carry a “Super Tuscan” as opposed to a Tuscan wine. I have to admit that with those four grapes, the wine was not that over-powering and I think that my Bride had the better of the two wines. We were there for the celebration and not for the food and wine, so all was fine. A good time was enjoyed by all.