I am an a-one lameo. It’s true. I lived on the North end of Capitol Hill (the hill) Seattle, WA for 6 years from 2000 – 2006. Somehow I didn’t notice or know about Piecora’s NY Pizza much less understand what an institution it is on the hill. Just over a month ago I photographed Tim Dijulio of Piecora’s because Eater.com was writing a story about him. Why him? Because he’s worked there for many years and is considered a lifer. I arrived at Piecora’s at about 11:30 a.m. and Tim was already buzzing around from counter to table like a bee pollinating flowers. He was barely in any given spot for more than a handful of seconds or a minute at a time. While he rushed around and was clearly busy he didn’t come across as behaving frantically. When he’d get to a table to take care of patrons he was Mr. Cool. The picture of calm and a welcoming face at that. People were already starting to come in for lunch and Tim didn’t exactly have the luxury of setting aside time for portraits so what did we do? I took photos of him from afar as he worked and then when I wanted to get a “face the camera” shot I asked him to join me at a certain spot when he had a second and then CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! I’d fire off a few frames in literally a few seconds. Then off he’d go to answer the phone (which seemed to ring off the hook) or bring people food. We did that a few times and before you know it it was time for me to leave him to his work.
Today Piecora’s is closing its doors and while I’ve never event eaten there I’m somehow sad about it. Probably partly because it’s my own fault for not taking the time to see what all the fuss is about in terms of sitting down for a meal. And partly because I have to wonder what the long time employees at Piecora’s will do for work now that Piecora’s will be no more. If someone has worked at a small business for as long as Tim has you have to assume that it’s a pretty sweet gig and I’d like to think the Piecora’s crew has become quite a tight family.
Enough about me and my lame-o self. Here are some shots from the fast but mighty session. Bon appetit.