I, too, had a thoroughly great time with Gene and Jay, even after I removed my mask, hat and fake nose and glasses. And, after frisking Gene to make sure that he didn't have a camera with him and wasn't wired, we proceeded to have a very nice lunch and an enjoyable conversation with Jay. Jay is a genuinely nice, down to earth guy. I had arrived at Cane Rosso a bit earlier than Gene and spotted Jay at one end of the bar next to a pretty young lady with her iPad (we were later told that it was his daughter, Emma). I approached Jay, extended my hand, and said something like: "You don't know me but I think you know me". Seeing the puzzled look on his face, I quickly added that I was from the pizzamaking.com forum and I was the guy called Pete-zza. He smiled and said he knew who I was. That prompted a discussion on how I came to know what I know about pizza, shortly after which Gene arrived. We ordered the pizzas that Gene mentioned and had a nice conversation with Jay about a wide range of topics pizza related. By the end of our meal, I felt that I had known these guys for years. Maybe it is because our forum creates virtual friendships that can materialize into real friendships with ease.
Thanks again, Gene, for inviting me to join you for lunch at Jay's place. And, thanks, Jay, for being such a good and gracious host.