These are my pizza pans that I have used for over thirty plus years now. They may not look like much to some, but I can attest that these pans have never done me wrong.
Back in the 80s, my brother had a job at Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Fort Collins Colorado. One afternoon when he went into work, he was shocked to see people removing restaurant equipment and furniture out of the restaurant, and into moving trucks. His manager explained that the decision was made by corporate to close several Colorado locations, and the Fort Collins store was one of the unfortunate casualties.
While higher end equipment and fixtures were being shipped back to California and dispersed to other stores, items like drinking glasses and pizza pans were simply being thrown away. As my brother helped empty out the restaurant, he didn't have the heart to throw out a stack of pizza pans he was instructed to toss. He asked his manager if he could take some home, and was granted permission to do so. My brother ended up bringing about half a dozen pans home, two of which were given to me when I moved out on my own.
From frozen pizzas to my homemade hand tossed pies, these pans have helped me to make an infinite number of great pizzas over the years. My Mom and Dad still have two of the pans in their kitchen, but theirs are nowhere near as seasoned as my pans are. I realize my pans may not be visually appealing to many, but to me they are beautiful. I'm in essence using a small piece of historic Americana to prepare pizzas for family and friends, and that's something I will always get a big kick out of.
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