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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Oh, for pizza and a knish

My favorite headline in recent Saratogian's is on Saturday's front page: "Coming never: Pizzeria tenants served eviction."
If you've been on Saratoga Springs' Broadway any time in the last two years you would immediately recognize the reference. A storefront window boasted the sign "Coming Soon Pizzeria" along with a blank building permit. A New York-style pizza shop with a walk-up window would have been a welcome addition to the Broadway lunch options. But it is not to be.
Fortunately, D'Andrea's is only a block away -- and even closer to my office than "Coming Soon" would have been.
A greater culinary disappointment is the barring of the hot dog man from Congress Park. How I loved to get a Diet Coke and a knish, and sit on a park bench with Features Editor Beverly McKim on a summer afternoon.
That's a potato knish, pronounced ka-nish, a throwbackto my childhood in Brooklyn, when coming home from school I could choose between a knish or a slice of pizza, either one for 15 cents, that I could savor on my walk, with all evidence gone before reaching my apartment building.
I occasionally would pick up a knish from the deli that preceded Quizno's; apparently the occasional knish does not keep a deli in business.