As an adult, the drive down is more about trying to beat the traffic, less about trying to smell the ocean. The Ferris wheels don’t seem nearly as big, the rigged boardwalk games no longer worth playing. Dippin’ Dots, as it turns out, is not the future of ice cream, while hermit crabs are nothing more than giant bugs with claws. Who knew?
But although some things change, some things, as the saying goes, stay the same. Ocean City’s Manco & Manco pizza has, mercifully, stayed the same. Exactly the same.
Shore pizza is an intensely personal choice, and this isn’t meant to win new fans or change made-up minds. If Manco & Manco’s thin-crust slice never did it for you, it won’t now. If you thought it was too greasy as a kid, you’ll know it’s too greasy now. If you don’t yet understand the transcendent power of that tangy sauce followed by an icy birch beer, the time has passed.