Improving On A Classic

The Jewish News
Danny Raskin

Danny Raskin

It seems like some of the pizza restaurants that continually open bring more awareness of a larger emphasis on the goodness of many older standby pizza operations … Some of the owners of newly opened pizza sites must think, too, that there is easy gold waiting for them in doing so.

Buddy’s, Wesley Picula

It’s true that Billy and Shirley Jacobs, owner Robert Jacob’s parents, were customers and not restaurant owners when they fell in love with the Buddy’s Rendezvous on Conant and bought it … But it had been a very successful business with people working the restaurant who were tried-and-true pizza makers.

Very few today can boast of having someone as proficient as Wesley Picula, vice president of operations, whose pizza business talents are undeniably among the best … Not only is he steeped in the making of good pizzas, but also continually on the lookout for ways and means for new ideas in the presentations of pizzas and various Italian dishes for tasty and healthy consumption.

“Buddy’s Pizza is 71 years old,” Wesley says. “We’ve been around so long that our style of making pizza started a new trend/category for pizzas called ‘Detroit Style.’ There is Chicago Style pizza and New York Style pizza. However, when we became a national story, a new category emerged, using our way of making it, to craft versions of Detroit Style pizzas. We now serve an ‘Old World’ pepperoni in natural casing as an alternative. When it is ordered on top of the pizza, it curls up and crisps providing an extra spicy flavor.”

Regarding Wesley’s Crisp & Curl pepperoni, Buddy’s Original pepperoni is placed under the dough to add flavor to it and keep the pepperoni from charring … Since its delicious pepperoni in all Buddy’s pizzas contains pork, and many persons are allergic or dietary- restricted, sliced turkey or diced chicken may be substituted at no extra charge, says Wesley … In the meantime, he says Buddy’s is also looking into turkey pepperoni … It is notable that Buddy’s is very oriented in public satisfaction … and is one of the very few pizza operations that has square thin crust … Most are round.

Always on the lookout for newer and better additions, Wesley is working, too, on a new garlicky Greek dressing for its salads that is expected soon and will be made by Buddy’s … Also introduction of its 12th location; this one in Ann Arbor is expected to be open soon if not already open.

There is no stopping Wesley, Robert Jacobs and their staffs from continuance in huge recognition … Now add Gail King to the multitude of critical writers who keep raving about Buddy’s Pizza … Her rave was in a recent issue of O the Oprah Magazine.

Good pizza operations may also have acknowledgment… but few have a Wesley Picula!

REARVIEW MIRROR … Long before the 12th Street uprising in 1967, Boesky’s Delicatessen on 12th and Hazelwood, owned by Sam Boesky, with employee brothers Abe and Harry Boesky behind the counter (a third brother, Bill, had the Brass Rail on Adams), had already had its share of national note …Boesky’s was widely known as the restaurant where dapper gangster Harry Millman was shot and killed by bullets from a passing car … Next to him at the bar, Boesky’s customer Abe Butansky, was wounded but lived.

MANY FOLKS WHO see her for the first time may say that she looks familiar … Tina Sarcovich, owner of Knox Beauty Salon on West Maple, Commerce Township, might have waited on them while a waitress years ago at 1940 Chop House, Ginopolis’ On The Grill or Vargo’s … Want her to wait on you again? … Tina misses her former avocation and is now also waitressing on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at Uptown Parthenon in Crosswind’s Center, Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield.

OLDIE BUT GOODIE … At a dinner party hosted for people from work, everyone was encouraged to bring their children. All during the sit-down dinner, one co-worker’s 4-year-old daughter kept staring at the man sitting across from her. He checked his tie, felt his face for food, patted his hair in place, but nothing stopped her from staring at him. He tried his best to just ignore her, but finally it was too much for him.

“Why are you staring at me?” he asked her. Everyone at the table had noticed her behavior and the table went silent for her response.

The little girl said, “I just want to see how you drink like a fish!”

CONGRATS … To Serena Fournier on her birthday … To Paula Grandon on her birthday … To Jon and Lorrie Isenberg on their 32nd anniversary.

Danny’s email address is dannyraskin2132@gmail.com.

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