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Twenty Years.

Frogs bring good luck.

Frogs bring good luck.

That’s a long time–not as long as my parents (55 years) or my in-laws (52 years), but impressive, I think, when 50% of marriages end for a reason besides old age. With multiple kids playing multiple sports, I understand how this anniversary can slip by, under-celebrated.

I looked for bargain airfares. Sailboats, beaches, and Margaritas beckoned but ultimately, we decided that rearranging childcare and transport for 6 games was too much work for too much money. Don’t call me a curmudgeon just yet. The romantic lives on.

Tonight, we celebrated the last day of school at a favorite restaurant, Glockenspiel in St. Paul (Jen, our favorite bartender always works on Tuesday nights). The banter was familiar, the Hefeweizen cold even though it’d been almost a year since our last visit (yes, we grew up Catholic). Tonight got us reminiscing about where we used to hang out — before kids, with flight benefits, and even now.

We’ve lasted longer than many of our employers or favorite haunts. All Saints Brands was a pre-internet importer and distributor of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, Gaja Barolo, and funky, tasty beer that was difficult to sell (Rogue Ales, Bells Brewery, and Geary’s). Northwest Airlines was gutted, sold off, and moved south. I still miss the flight benefits, though (the Replacements European tour seemed irresistible until i priced out the airfare).

But enough with the work stories: what about the beer? the tapas? the amuse-bouches?

Who’s left? Who’s gone? Who’s changed?

Gone:

Pracna on Main, Minneapolis:  best gin and tonics (and where I met my husband)

Ciatti’s on Grand, St. Paul:  best cheap, late-night happy hour

Grandpa Tony’s on Randolph, St. Paul:  thank goodness there are other pizza joints

The 510 on Groveland, Minneapolis:  (sigh) truly missed:  impeccable service, linen tablecloths, and fantastic wine list

Around, but different:

Italian Pie Shoppe, St. Paul:  moved down the street to Macalester

La Cucaracha, Minneapolis:  gone, but still on Dale in St. Paul

Half Time Rec, St. Paul:  they serve food now!

Still clucking:

Frog et Rosbif, Paris:  English-style ales since 1993

First Avenue, Minneapolis:  many derivations and bleeding ears since 1970

Micky’s Diner, St.. Paul:  greasy eggs for over 70 years

Paradiso, Amsterdam:  a former church that became a creative center in 1968

W.A. Frost, St. Paul:  best patio, smallest keg room

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Friday night we walked to Palumbo’s Pizzeria at 454 Snelling Avenue South, Saint Paul, MN 55105

They don’t have a website per se, but you can like them on Facebook.

Awesome pizza.

I love Punch, Grandpa Tony’s, Carbone’s, the Italian Pie Shoppe, Cosetta’s, the Red Savoy and just about every independent pizza restaurant in the Saintly City. And now I have a new love.

As a pizza lover married to a former I’ve-worked-at-every-good-pizza-shop-there-is on both sides of the river guy, I know that you can’t have great pizza without great sauce. Palumbo’s sauce is a magical blend of ripe tomatoes (from where?), oregano, basil, garlic and sweetness.

So what else is wonderful about Palumbo’s? The Gelato. Oh my.

For only $2 — a summer special — you get yummy cup of Pistachio, Stracciatella, Berry, Salted Caramel or Chocolate gelato.

Indecisive? Order a Flight!

Or just order my favorite:  Pistachio or was it Stracciatella, no maybe it was the Berry.

Why else is it good?

The menu is simple, yet complete.

The service is friendly, quick, and can pronounce Stracciatella.

They can spell Buon Appetito.

Prices are right on.

I want to come back again soon.

And they JUST opened.

Bravissimo!

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