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.
Most of you young pups never experienced the Inferno. It was my favorite pizzeria in my college years during the 60’s. Nothing will ever compare to the Inferno for me. Every weekend was an Inferno weekend. Since Evanston was “dry” back in those days, we did our drinking before and after an Inferno pizza run. BTW, I graduated college with a 4.5 BAL. I purchased my first home in Niles, across the street from Gulliver’s and lived a short distance from Pequod’s, where I had my first and last anchovy pizza. Ahhh……..memories!