Live, from Peoria, Illinois, it’s Saturday night starring this week’s host, Agatucci’s, with specail guest stars, Tony and Dan Agatucci and featuring, Todd, Patrice, David and The Ready For Prime Beef Player, Marty Wombacher! And now, please welcome this week’s host and first time member of the prestigious MBIP Twelve-Timers Club, Agatucci’s!
Here we are at Agatucci’s, which is definitely an iconic Peoria restaurant. They’ve been in operation here at this corner on University for ten decades and you can read all about their history right here. This is a special night tonight, this evening is the twelfth post I’ve done on Agatucci’s since I started this blog over four years ago. I’ve decided to start a new tradition here and I’m borrowing the idea from Saturday Night Live. They have a “Five-Timer’s Club” for celebrities that have hosted the show for five times. Well, tonight we start the “MBIP Twelve-Timers Club” for places that I’ve done at least twelve posts on. And since this is the twelfth Agatucci’s post, I figured this would be the perfect place to start this exclusive MBIP Twelve-Timers Club. Let’s go in and let this celebratory evening begin!
There’s the dining room, but I always prefer to sit at the bar when it’s just me coming here. And tonight it’s just me, so let’s go grab a seat at the end of the bar.
As I grabbed a seat I saw Todd and Patrice hanging out at the bar. Then I noticed two familiar faced behind the bar, the fourth generation Agatucci’s owners, Tony and Dan! Always great to see them and I told them I had a special surprise for them in a little bit.
David was seated next to me and gave a thumbs up to the surprise idea! But before the surprise, there’s one thing we need to do here...
And that’s eat an Agatucci’s pizza! Todd and I decided to split one and we decided to go pure and just get a cheese pizza. And there it is along with a bottle of Agatucci’s home-made “Tiger” sauce. I suggested that in light of the recent news, they re-name it “Tiger Woods Sauce.” I don’t think that’s going to happen though. Oh well, I tried!
There’s my slices beginning the ever-important cooling process and Todd decided to dive right in! The pizza was delicious and before you knew it, the pizza tray was empty. Agatucci’s has the best pizza in Peoria and if for some crazy-ass reason you’ve never tried it, get over there toot sweet! And yes, I love typing the words, toot sweet, so my day is made! Yes, I’m easily amused.
Okay, it’s getting near closing time, so it’s time to induct Tony and Dan into the MBIP Twelve-Timers Club!
MBIP Twelve-Timer’s Club! The Induction!
I went behind the bar for the induction and I gave a little speech about this being the twelfth MBIP post and then presented them with this hand-lettered, framed MBIP Twelve-Timers Club Certificate. But that’s not all that you get when you’re inducted into this exclusive and prestigious club...
You also get a bag of twelve copper medallions sanctioned and constructed by the United States government! Yes, no expense was spared for this first induction of Agatucci’s into the MBIP Twelve-Timers Club! And now here’s some photos from the past posts.
A Quartet Of Aggatucci’s Artifacts
There’s lots of photos and interesting artifacts that have been collected through the years at Agatucci’s and here’s four of my favorite things at Agatucci's: !. The Agatucci’s clock. This backwards clock has been hanging on the wall since 1955. 2. The stained glass Michelob Light chandelier. I love this lamp and you have to love a light that celebrates Michelob Light! 3. The classic Hamm’s Beer Waterfall sign behind the bar. There’s a secret message in this sign and if you ask Tony and Dan real nicely they might just tell you! 4. Agatucci’s pizza. The best pizza in Peoria and beyond!
Tony and Dan
Tony and Dan Agatucci are two of the nicest guys in Peoria. But you should know one thing, if you try to rob them, they quickly change from nice guys to badasses with guns! So make sure you pay your bill here and don’t go near the cash register. If you think I’m kidding you might want to read this. One other thing you should know is that if you order french fries and then cry to Tony and Dan that you don’t have enough in your order, it’s probably best not to put in an application for a job afterwards. (Inside joke alert!)
Twelve Photos From The Twelve Posts
Welcome to the MBIP Twelve-Timers Club, Tony and Dan Agatucci! It’s an honor to have you guys be the first members of the club! Stay tuned for the next Twelve-Timers Club induction in about a month! We'll see you all tomorrow!
2607 N. University Street
Related Post: The MBIP List: Agatucci’s.