Pizza, Plays and Crazy Yard Collectors, or, Road Eats: Frankfort & Bardstown Roads, Loiisville, Ky.

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The month-old Papalinos NY Pizzeria is located right in the heart of the Baxter Ave/Bardstown Rd. bustling bar, tattoo parlor and shopping scene (and being open til 5 a.m. on weekends is probably a smart pizza-selling move!). Their pizza is terrific; it's crisp but with a nice little chew to it. Plus they have an excellent selection of beers, use local ingredients, homemade sausage, meatballs, sauce, dough, all that. Pictured are two examples of Papalino's mammoth slices (for the stunningly low price of $3 each) of pancetta and sausage and a meatball with garlicky spinach.

Another fun area for walking around, snacking and window shopping is Frankfort Ave. We had lunch at the North End Cafe, a great little casual eatery.

The Salmon Salade Nicoise was refreshing, satisfying and semi-light, just what I wanted after overdoing it the night before.

The Bibb and Poached Pear salad featured brilliantly crispy fried prosciutto.

These grilled shrimp piri-piri were a party in my mouth.

A postprandial stroll just down the block brought us face to face with the insane lifelong collection of Jerry Lotz.

This part of Lotz's museum-like "domicile" reminded me of Cocteau's La belle et le bete

Doesn't something seem off about this Statue of Liberty?

That's right, in a bit of brilliant re-casting, it stars Richard Nixon

And look at some of his other stuff

There's even a full sized train car in his "yard"

If I were a cornball, I'd say Lotz's property had gone to...but I'm not a cornball.

"Phoenix" was a very witty, of-the-moment, two-person play. Its dialogue--which was spoken by smart, lonely neurotics looking for, but afraid of committing to, companionship in a crazy modern world-- was razor sharp.

"Ground" was almost novelistic in its fleshed-out character development and literary-style foreshadowing, and might've been the most conventional play I saw all weekend--but in a good way. While it was political--dealing with class, race, immigration, and our border with Mexico--it wasn't heavy-handed, had a good balance of comedy/tension and featured (as is almost always the case at the Humana-fest) terrific acting.

See you there next year.