“Is it Friday?” my 4-year-old son, JJ, recently asked me. “Because I want to have pizza every Friday.”
I later learned JJ only wanted pizza because one of his friends bragged about eating pizza every Friday. Thanks to JJ’s monkey-see-monkey-do personality, we now have a new family tradition – Pizza Friday.
Pizza Friday is not just about eating. There are levels to this, as JJ would say.
First, JJ and his little brother, Joah, are the bosses. My husband and I are merely chaperons, bankers and designated drivers.
Second, no Pizza Friday is ever the same. We do not frequent the same places. Instead, we venture the city in search of a different pizza place every Friday.
And when we have eaten at every pizza eatery in the city, we will go back to those favorite places but have vowed to try different pizza combinations.
Three months ago, JJ compiled a list of his favorite places. I am merely his scribe.
Before revealing his list, I’d like to include this disclaimer:
JJ is 4 so his views will reflect that of his age. This means that locations with toys and games will always will be at the top of his list.
Second, he not a pizza expert. Although, he hopes to be a pizza chef someday.
Finally, JJ is not like most preschoolers. While he enjoys kid-friendly atmospheres, he still critiques the quality and taste of the pizza. JJ has been to Chicago for their pizza and is already planning a pizza-eating trip to New York City in his head.
With that said, here’s his list:
Disclaimer: I do not like the pizza there and the games are overpriced, but JJ and Joah loved it. They can’t get enough of the Amazing Pizza Machine. Total: About $50, which included drinks and games.
Here, the whole family agrees. This pizza is amazing. The real catch for JJ was being able to play with fresh pizza dough. Total: About $25, JJ liked this one a lot because he had a personal pizza.
Joah at Zio’s Pizzeria
JJ at Zio’s Pizzeria
This is the most recent place we’ve been, which is why it was probably easy for JJ to name it. However, it was really good. The staff really connected with JJ and Joah. And no one else was at the eatery, so my boys got to be loud. The warm chocolate cookies didn’t hurt either. Total: $30, including drinks.
I think this would have been higher on his list had it not been a few weeks since dining at the restaurant. JJ loved the pizza and the kid sodas. Total: $35.
• Pizza at our house
At home, we used a pizza kit that my husband bought as part of a fundraiser. JJ loves making pizza at home. He enjoys searching for the perfect sauce, cheese and crust. It’s not my favorite, but I do like seeing the boys in the kitchen.
Total: $18 for the pizza kit which included bread sticks and cookies for us to bake.
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Tunette Powell is a working mom with two children.
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