The factories have long since gone for the most part, but this little restaurant remains - run by the same family, with the same delicious and authentic recipes. The décor has not changed over the years, there are decorative plates, advertisements, etc. It is truly a step back in time to the 40's, 50's, & 60's. A gem. They have very limited hours these days and with crime a bit of a problem, are rarely open in the evening. We have a group of about forty or so friends who reserve the entire restaurant once or twice a year for the night and we are served incredible helpings of lasagna and mostaciaolli. So yummy!
When you enter this small restaurant, you are greeted with the coat rack/shelf. On top of this shelf you find two gorgeous, gallon sized demijohns collecting dust! Oh, it was love at first sight. I became obsessed with those beautiful things! I especially loved that one of them had most of it's label intact and the other had some it's label still on.
The next time our group was there, I asked the owner to think of me if he ever decided to sell one of them as I would be glad to take it off his hands! He kind of laughed and said those bottles have been on that shelf for as long as he could remember......at least forty years. But, alas, they did not come home with me that night. I don't think he believed any one would really want one of those old, dusty things.
This past Saturday we, again, were there with our friends and it was my lucky night apparently as he said he would sell me one for $20 (whattttt?????) and after thinking on it, he decided to give me the extra for free! I thought I would cry or pass out or both! I cannot get over his generosity. I love those darned demijohns and they are so special to me, knowing they are from a place we love to go to and knowing the owners themselves. The history alone is priceless.
I don't know if I will ever find another demijohn, you know how those collections go - you always seem to want more, but I do know that none will ever be as a special to me as the two I received Saturday night.
How about you? Any collections with great stories?
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