The StarTribune’s Eric Hanson writes today:
“Totino's Italian Kitchen, which started in 1951 when pizza was exotic and everything local people knew about Italian food began and ended with red sauce, will close Aug. 4 at its location on Central Avenue in northeast Minneapolis.”
Yes, it’s that Totino’s. The restaurant that gave us the famous Party Pizza. I lived on those things in college – usually alone, rarely in a party context - and can still taste the fennel-flecked sausage and the nubbin-cubes of pepperoni. Here’s an old matchbook of the original restaurant, complete with the inevitable cliched poofy-hat chef:
That 's a big plate of spaghetti. Personally, I never eat from a plate as wide as my shoulders, but it would come in handy if you suddenly needed a shield to defend yourself against an invading Persian Army. Rarely a problem on Central Av, though.