It is important, when you are sick, and it is 18 degrees outside and mucky, to have a pizza delivery place you can count on. To whom can you cry out for cheesy salvation and saucy sustenance on a Wednesday night, when you are feeling blue and all that will help is an hour of Survivor and a large pizza pie? Last week we called upon Siano’s with fairly impressive results, I am happy to report. I must mention our delivery guy, that much maligned member of society. He wasn’t a stoner, or a mumbler, or a weirdo, or a pervert, or a dog kicker. Or maybe he was. But he made a fine first impression in the three minutes that we were together. Jovial and swift, he unzipped the keep-warm bag and made change while making jokes and seeing that I wasn’t too cold in the foyer. That’s where we were standing. It’s a small thing, but much appreciated, don’t you think? I was a little surprised at the price – $17.00 seemed somewhat high for a large cheese, but considering the less costly alternatives available, that appear to use a 30 watt bulb to melt American cheese on basement-bred dough, I am willing to pay a premium. And it was good! Chewy, on the thin side, properly charred crust, tangy, very red, bright sauce and a sensible amount of cheese. It was reminiscent of homemade, pizza party pies, the kind you get before a rousing game of musical chairs and a lousy round of hot potato. Oh, the anxiety of those rainy afternoons, all party dressed-up and ready for anything, usually ending with goody bags. I would serve Siano’s to a swarm of 3rd graders or nuisance of beer drunk husbands watching TV. I would order it again any day, and by any day, I mean, probably tonight. Probst and his dimples are back! I still am not sure I have found true pizza love in Portland, but for overall tastiness, quality and desirable delivery, Siano’s kind of rules.
Jillian Bedell is a writer and mother living in a farmhouse in Cushing, Maine. She is very good at talking about herself in the third person. She is co-author of Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road. She creates content on the internet, on subjects ranging from summer camps to semi-precious stones to the folklore of food. With Malcolm, Jillian was one of the original “Insiders,” for the Visit Maine tourism campaign. She loves telling the stories of her adopted state, finding out-of-the-way places, and people making interesting things. Watching her daughters play in the wild woods and fields of Cushing makes her very happy.