Steaming spaghetti noodles topped with a generous ladle of rich marinara, sprinkled with Parmesan, Meat or veg? Your choice. A piece of house-made bread toasted with garlic. A crisp green salad on the side.
Would you drive up a mountain highway for this meal? Lots of folks did just that for decades, back in the day. Barbara McHugh, our kitchen goddess, launched Spaghetti Night deep in the mists of time, soon after she built Green Springs Inn and opened it in 1981. Her incomparable family marinara recipe pulled in neighbors from near and far well into the new millennium.
Spaghetti Night was not the only tradition that we lost over the years. Green Springs Inn had a focaccia pizza era and featured Taco Tuesdays for a few winters. All that vanished as we became a mountain cabin destination for travelers from Switzerland to Singapore.
But we have had enough of worldwide notoriety. Clearly, amid the confusion of globalization, handheld teleportation devices and artificial reality, the time has come to get back to basics like democracy, the rule of law, spaghetti and pizza.
Let’s start with pizza. One of our cooks, George Johnson, has engineered a sourdough pizza crust, starting with our ancient sourdough pancake culture. This creates a platform for tangy tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni and Italian sausage, veggies or even pineapple and ham.
What about the price? If I remember correctly, Barbara’s spaghetti specials started at $5 a plate. According to the august American Institute for Economic research, that 1981 fiver would be worth $14.19 in 2020 dollars. So how about a $14 pizza? It will feed a couple of people, so that gets that per person price back to something like a 1980s deal.
The starting date for our New Pizza Special will be Friday, March 6. Mark that date on the digital calendar in your intelligent device, the one that wakes you up in the morning and reminds you in a soothing voice: Pizza at the Greenie today.
When pizza appears, spaghetti will not be far behind. We will let you know when it’s ready. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, all your New Age media.