I think Burt learned his Pizza making skills on the job at his first place, The Inferno, in Evanston.� He started there after it was already opened by a couple of other guys.� After learning the ropes, he moved on to open Gulliver's then Pequod's and finally Burt's Place.
I didn t realize Burt was associated with The Inferno or Gulliver s. My one experience with the Inferno was not a good one. From what I remember, it was my freshman year at Northwestern, Thanksgiving weekend, most of the students were gone, but I could not afford to go home to Miami for a weekend. At that point I had only heard of deep dish or pan pizza, and finally decided to try it. My big mistake was what I ordered, pineapple and Canadian bacon. Big, big mistake! I was deathly ill the entire night. This was 50 years ago, and I don t remember, I don t think I ever went back. I don t remember when I started going to Gulliver s, but I went there quite a bit. I m also starting to remember going to a restaurant where Gulliver s is located, but having peanuts that you threw the shells on the floor. I think I used to get burgers there. I wonder if that could have been at Gulliver s, or if I m just not remembering correctly.
Was that in the 1800's?��
1823, just out of high school.