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For a good time call John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli having a ball along with his audience at the KPLU studios.
John Pizzarelli having a ball along with his audience at the KPLU studios.

And for good eats call his Aunt Vera.

What a great time Nancy and I had hanging out with Pizzarelli and talking about food, food movies and his aunt Vera's cooking -- immortalized in song in this segment.  One of the food movies we discussed, Big Night, about an Italian restaurant in the '50s, features a deliriously over the top multi-course feast prepared for an expected visit from Louis Prima. 

I once heard of a restaurant which sponsored a screening of Big Night, then had a mini-bus standing by to convey the subscribers back to a duplicate of the feast shown in the movie.  Any restaurants in the area want to volunteer?  Sign me up!

We're already looking forward to welcoming Pizz back to KPLU.  If you missed his live on-air performance last week or just want to hear it again here's where.

Nancy and I think that favorite food movies would be a good topic for an upcoming Food for Thought.  Post your favorites here for discussion down the road.  And speaking of food and movies....

"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti."

-- Sophia Loren

Dick Stein joined KNKX in January 1992. He retired in 2020 after three decades on air. During his storied radio career, he hosted the morning jazz show, co-hosted and produced "Food for Thought" with Nancy Leson and wrote and directed the Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen.