Utica, New York, my home town recently proclaimed itself the birth place of chicken riggies, according to this article. Strangely, I have chicken riggies before, but never in Utica. Chicken riggies for the uneducated is just rigatoni pasta with chicken in a hot pepper tomato sauce. Pretty good stuff, but a little too hot for my digestive track. I’ll be sure to make it back home for Riggiefest, coming this May.
Utica (New York that is, there are also Utica’s in Michigan and Mississippi, and some other states, I believe) has had its name in lights so to speak many times. Its been mentioned a couple of times on the Simpsons (a very cool website, by the way) and in more than one Stephen King story.