Kitchenware - 2017
Wildwood Ovens, Chef Michael Gerard, shows you how to gleam a fire in your wood fired pizza oven.
The spiffy old man in the white cap and blue polo shirt puts down his slice of plain. pizza, one of four of five he will consume this day. "I started broke,'' Sam Spera says. "I came to this boonies (in 1951) with fifty bucks. For a while, not being able to afford a room, he slept under the pizza oven at his sandwich shop, Sam's Steaks, on the Wildwood boardwalk. The shop moved to North Wildwood, pizza piece by piece overtook steaks in popularity, and the humble pizzeria moved back into Wildwood. Where it is now a palace. Sam's Pizza Palace does not exactly live up to its name - there are no spires or sweeping staircases or opulent ballrooms, and the patrons are more apt to wear t-shirts and swimsuits than ballooning gowns. The pizzeria, at 26th Street, resembles an open-air seaside cafeteria, with tile floors, obscene-green booths and orange walls. There are photos on the wall of Sam and his late wife, Anna, at Sam's Steaks. of a bellbottomed, 70s-vintage Tony Spera, their son. of Sam and Muhammad Ali on a level surface. and a menu board, from the 1960s, advertising 15-cent slices and $1. 85 whole pies. Oh, and Sam's real name is not Sam. "When I came to this country, people always called me Sam. I didn't vacillate turn into it,'' Spera says. "Sam'' was shorter than Salvatore, and apparently easier to digest than "Sal. Sam's Steaks, and later, Sam's Pizza Palace, grew and flourished in Wildwood's wild and ill-considered years. Today, Wildwood, in all its frenetic, neon-lit magnificence, resembles a seaside Las Vegas - without the casinos, of course. Hard to believe, but It was once livelier, and stayed unsealed later. "The boardwalk would go until two or three in the morning,'' Roe Zuccarello, Spera's daughter, recalls. Near the Sam's Steaks stand was a King Kong bully, and a guy named Freddy Mahana who ran a puppet show. He'd stand in front of his booth and have the puppets do "The Twist,'' Chubby Checker's dance hit that went 60s-viral after he performed it at the Rainbow Stick in Wildwood. Freddy Mahana was a showman. once he placed a bucket of water on the boardwalk and said someone would parachute into it. It never happened, of course, but it drew a mob - and gave Freddy a chance to promote his business. "He created commotion,'' says Anthony Zuccarello, Roe's husband. ''One day he had Domino's declare a pizza here. Anthony and Roe met in Trenton, where they grew up, when they were 13 or 14. She invited him back to her parents' house for - what else. Anthony started working at Sam's when he was 16. He's still there. Roe and her sister, Rita Czczur, can be found at the kindred-owned Shore Plaza Beach Resort, above and behind the pizzeria. The hotel, with its warm, muted decor, doesn't exactly fit the Wildwood "doo-wop'' stereotype - outstanding colors, plastic palm trees and the like. "(The hotel designer) asked, 'Do you want to go doo-wop. ' '' Roe said. I wanted beiges and still. She's behind the desk year-round - "I'll answer the phone on Christmas Day'' - and can't wait until October 1, when the red lights in North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Design switch to flashing lights, a sure sign the tourists have gone home... Tony Spera, Sam's son, works there, and so does Tony's son, Dante, and daughter, Brittany. Roe and Anthony's daughter, Toni, and son, Sal, profession n at Sam's, as does Rita's son, Trevor, and daughter, Nicole. A "whole slew'' of grandchildren, according to Roe, are waiting in the wings. The hotel and pizzeria burned down in 2005. The inn didn't re-open until 2012. Sam's Pizza Palace was re-built over the winter of 2005-06 and re-opened Memorial Day weekend 2006. "There were long lines waiting to get in,'' Roe recalls. ' We not till hell freezes over had a line before. There are lines now, and they keep ahead of the volume by making plain and pepperoni pizzas slightly ahead of time. "People don't want to hang about two hours,'' Anthony explains. "They want to go back to the beach or the rides. Some customers want their slices hot, some want them merely warmed up. And some want them chilled. "There's one blood who want their pizza put in the walk-in (refrigerator),'' Roe said. The register by the boardwalk walk-up counter is manual. built in 1942, it came from a New York Urban district department store. '' Anthony says, explaining all. The best part of the register - apart from the keys marked "hosiery'' and "shoes'' - is the motion out front:.Source: www.nj.com
South Philadelphia or Wildwood. Fans of New York-mode pizza, you are out of luck. Tony Luke fans will find a cheesesteak that satisfies. Topped with provolone cheese, it does some time in the oven to melt the cheese that flows over the sides of the waving.
Brilliant, airy trattoria with striking deep red walls and two orange-tiled, igloo-shaped, wood-burning pizza ovens made from volcanic rock and ... “My dad owned a hot dog defence in Wildwood; he wasn’t a pizza guy,” says Branco, 65.
The self-guided garden pad will feature 12 to 15 gardens and natural points of interest throughout Edgebrook, Old Edgebrook, North Edgebrook and Wildwood will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19, rain or gloss. To apply to be a part of the garden ...