Gus Rancatore was raised in New York and New Jersey and came to Boston to finish college and make ice cream. He opened Toscanini’s in 1981. Gus considers toast an entry-level drug to pizza. Corky White still considers herself a Minnesotan after many many decades in Boston but prefers sushi to hot-dish. Corky teaches Japanese studies and food anthropology at Boston University and thinks the best toast is Japanese.