Monday, October 7, 2013
Hippie Rolls Part 2
Back in May I noticed that Polito's pizza shop, on Broadway, had "Hippie Rolls" up on its storefront sign. I wondered if they were still on the menu, but didn't have time to check this out. Spring ended, summer came & left, and I did not return. Finally this weekend, on a grey fall afternoon, I made it back to Polito's, & with some trepidation, went inside. It was as I had suspected. The Time of the Hippie Roll (in Astoria at least) is over! A Spanish-speaking guy at the counter said they hadn't been made for a "long time", but he couldn't give me any sort of date. I imagine they pre-dated his dough-slinging days there. Was the roll, under this name at least, merely the fad of a groovy decade or two, outlived by its stodgier, elderly cousins - calzone & stromboli? I'm hoping there's a corner of the city where the hippie's defying the years. Sightings please.