Pitt alumni take a look back at 60 years of age O


When Chas Bonasorte remember going to the games in the old Pitt stadium with his father and brother, he was thinking of something else — the end of The to grab the hot dogs.

“If there’s a game for all our fans and from all corners of the City to The O, because it’s a tradition with their kids,” Bonasorte, a 1976 Pitt graduate and the founder of the Pittsburgh Stop of the clothing company, said. “The O is historical.”

Miamifish’s Original Hot Dog Shop, The O or the Dirty O,” earlier this month, concluded after 60 years, is a community favorite. The store was founded in May 1960 and is located on the corner of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street, which is known for its hot dogs, and giant piles of fries that were a comfort food to many generations of Pitt students.

Not only was an Oakland favorite, but it has also earned the national award for The New York Times said it was some of the best hot dogs in the nation. Originally opened by two brothers, Sydney Morris, Simon, it’s owned and operated since the mid-2000s, due to Sydney’s children, Terry Campasano, and Bruce Simon. Brothers and sisters, did not respond to requests for comment on the closure.

A lot of Pitt alumni were shocked to hear the news of its R-closure, and referred to their experience at the restaurant. The closing of The O is one of the most famous places in Oakland to be close Bonasorte’s life, such as Peter’s Pub and Forbes Field.

Bonasorte said that The D was one of Oakland’s most iconic landmarks.

“It’s kind of like when you go to Italy and visit the leaning Tower of Pisa or the eiffel tower in France,” Bonasorte said. “If you go to Oakland, go to one of two places, the Cathedral and The O.”

Bonasorte, who played in Pitt’s football team, recalled a time in 1972, when he was in The in his letterman’s jacket. During the course of that year, the football season, the team had not played well in the Panthers’ final record that year was 1 to 10.

“The guy behind the counter said that he could not wait for us,” Bonasorte said. “He said,” Yinz smell bad!'”

Bonasorte, and his roommate eventually got kicked out of the restaurant. But for now, Bonasorte is a good friend of one of the co-owners of The Oh, Bruce, Simon, and. Bonasorte said Simon would drive down Forbes Avenue to Bonasorte, the shop is on the other side of the Cathedral of Learning, and to surprise him with a free hot dog and French fries.

“It’s just a tradition. It’s just a tradition,” Bonasorte said. “Pro-players, when they come to town. It is incredible to think how the D’s reputation.”

Tony Magnelli attended Pitt from 1979-84, for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and is a big fan of The O. He also said that the closure of O, it was a shock.

“It was one of those things, such as the Cathedral,” Magnelli said. “You have always thought that it was going to be a part of the Pit.”

Magnelli said he is used to in order to get to The D with his father prior to attending the games Forbes Fieldthe Pittsburgh Pirates’ former stadium, the current location of Posvar Hall.

“We want to go there, stock up on The all the dogs, and then go and have a look at the Pirates games,” Magnelli said.

Now that D is gone, Magnelli said, ” Oakland will feel like.

“You know, it was like the ‘Welcome to Oakland’ sign. Some of the other things that have changed along the way, but you could always rely on to be greeted by the Original Hot Dog Shop’s sign on the right at the corner,” Magnelli said. “You kind of know that you are Likely to be in the head of each of you when you saw the sign.”

Rick Gradisek, a 1977 Pitt graduate, who later returned for his master’s degree in the early ’80s, said that the closure of O, it was terrible.

“In my life, the life we lost in Pitt Stadium, Peter’s Pub, and now it’s Oh, Gradisek said.

Gradisek said: “it is sad that the future generations of Pitt students don’t have the same experience with The development and the students have been in the past. For a lot of alumni and even current students, to The R is a comforting tradition.

“I think that alumni of the old inhabitants are going to have a void where you walk, by the corner, and The O isn’t there,” Gradisek said.

O not only sold hot dogs, and French fries, but I also have a few other specials over the last few years.

“A lot of people forget this, but it made it for a friend back around 1980, they would have to sell eight-packs of beer. You would have to go to The O and a large fry, and a nine-pack”,” Magnelli said.

Magnelli, who also played football for Pitt, was thinking back to one of his team-mates, who thanks to a Forbes Avenue, upper apartment O

“They went into the locker room while we were getting ready for practice, and we know that we will not be able to eat it later,” Magnelli said. “These two came in after the browning, the aroma of the Oh-and everyone was hungry and we’d start throwing other things at them.”

Many years later, Magnelli said he took his daughter to The O, just like his father.

“I liked the girls, ordered it for my O-dog and went down to the bottom,” Magnelli said. I looked at the girls and they were just sitting there in a state of shock. I think that The R afternoon, the crowd kind of blew them away.”

Magnelli, is now a teacher at Quaker Valley High School, about 20 minutes north of Oakland, it reminded me of a time he took a group of 70 students of The for lunch, while they were on a field trip to the Carnegie Museums in the city.

“We’re going to be in the children’s French fries. However, we ran out of time, so we’re going to go back to the museum, and they would not let the children of the series, so that they can start to push them in their pockets,” Magnelli said. “The rest of the day and the children are pulling chips out of their pockets, go through a Polar World, in the museum’s collection.”

It is a small and simple moments like these that The Oh-so-special, Magnelli said.

“At the moment, don’t you think that you’re making a memory,” Magnelli said. “If you’re going to sit there and watch it, I was like,” Yeah, that was a fond memory, it is there.'”


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