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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/11 23:14:00 (permalink)
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I was just thinking about Fitzgerald's on Lake Pontchartrain in NOLA's West End. Had the best bowl of turtle soup ever there and their seafood was to die for. Yeah, you could get the same style elsewhere but the folks out there did it well. I loved their Gentilly Giant. A garlic bread trencher filled with fried seafood and some killer broiled oysters. Easily fed two people. And the staff was always so attentive and nice. They don't make many restaurants like that anymore.
Sadly a pair of hurricanes did them in and they are now, sadly, gone.


They called it "the boat" and you can still get it at a few joints around town but it is vanishing.
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/11 23:21:17 (permalink)
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When I taught summer school economics near 116th & B'way Mama Leone's on W. 48th. was my favorite for a heavy dinner. 
 
The table was always set with 'complimentary' breads, cheeses, and olives which I washed down with  their tasty house (forgive me) "Dago Red".  Their portions were both well-prepared and gargantuan.  I'd wobble out of there with my wallet only $10 lighter.  Magnificent! 
 
No wonder it was a favorite of Babe Ruth.
 



When I went to Catholic school in the late 70's , we would have lunches made by the " Lunch Ladies " consisting of meatball sandwiches made with Mama Leones  recipes. The whole town showed up , it was better than everyones Grandma could make. My Mom was a lunch Lady and she brought them home for us , they were the best meatball sandwich I ever ate. Great bread , great sauce , awesome meatballs.
Karl


If you're ever in New Orleans and you want a meatball po boy that will leave stars in your eyes go to Zuppardo's, an old timey grocery store that has a tiny diner tucked away in the corner. http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/2015/12/13/500-po-boys-zuppardos-diner-est-1937/ they've been putting them out there since 1938
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/12 11:16:23 (permalink)
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When I taught summer school economics near 116th & B'way Mama Leone's on W. 48th. was my favorite for a heavy dinner. 
 
The table was always set with 'complimentary' breads, cheeses, and olives which I washed down with  their tasty house (forgive me) "Dago Red".  Their portions were both well-prepared and gargantuan.  I'd wobble out of there with my wallet only $10 lighter.  Magnificent! 
 
No wonder it was a favorite of Babe Ruth.
 



Not to mention that it got a mention in a Billy Joel song.
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/12 12:29:30 (permalink)
Miss that place...an Italian classic!
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/12 12:32:33 (permalink)
I used to love to go to Mama Leone's. It was the perfect red-sauce place. But, oh God! I didn't walk out of there. I rolled out of there. Talk about huge servings.
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/14 11:45:48 (permalink)
I went to Mama Leone's, for first time in the early 80's with a group of New Yorkers.  I just loved the place and the food.  I went back a couple of more times when in New York and finally bought the cookbook.  I still use it.  One of my favorite recipes is for the shrimp sauce which I serve over my avocado and crab appetizer.  We also pour it over lettuce wedges and it is absolutely delicious.
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/14 13:03:31 (permalink)
From our fun time in Albany (where our daughter was born) were two of my Diner faves. The shuttered Miss Albany 1941 Silk City (RIP-Clifford Brown)  and Quintessence Diner-1948 Fodero demolished for Hospital expansion. Bummer!



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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/14 13:10:30 (permalink)
We were lucky enough to have a Mamma Leone's in my hometown of Port Washington, NY for several years when I was growing up (multiple decades ago).  
 
Also, it was a ritual when we went into NYC at Christmas time -- see the tree at Rockefeller Center, store windows along 5th Avenue, Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall, and late lunch/dinner at Mamma Leone's.
 
I remember liking the baked clams, and, the fried pastry strips covered with powdered sugar.
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/14 14:00:38 (permalink)
Having had a little experience in owning both restaurants and commercial real estate, when travelling in, say, NYC or Paris I sometimes amuse myself by trying to guess the rents restaurants pay for 'prime' locations in, e.g., mid-town Manhattan or Paris 8.
 
What goes for $50/SF/year in Dallas, I'd guess probably went for $200 - $250 there.  Good Lord, did I ever guess low!
 
Jimmy McMillan was right! 
How could a Mama Leone's survive on W. 48th. today?!?
 

 
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/14 14:53:33 (permalink)
Mamma Leone's, I ate there once when I lived in NYC.  My cousin Louise from Anderson IN was there as a chaperone for a high school class trip.  I still remember listening to some of the students complain about their mean Economics teacher, who was a cousin on the other side of my family. 
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/14 16:19:54 (permalink)
I will always remember Valle's in Syracuse, NY.  We went there for Lobster!  Not many place in Syracuse served Lobsterso it was a real trat to go there!  I forgot the year it closed here....................probably some time in the 80's. It was a chain in the  Northeast.
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/14 17:59:31 (permalink)
We ate several times at the Valle's in Springfield, VA.  It was a very nice mid-range steak & seafood place that later (late '80's) became a Blackie's House of Beef + a nightclub.
 
The most memorable thing about the place was the building, which for some reason actually resonated with the tremendous traffic on the adjacent I-95 near its interchanges with the Capital Beltway and the Shirley Highway! 
 
The constant hum and vibration was more than a bit distracting.  By Google Maps I see that elements of Valle's building still stand and serve as a large reception/meeting/catering business.  I wonder if it still vibrates.
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/14 18:18:30 (permalink)
I remember a Valle's right off I-95 in West Haven, Connecticut. My mother and father used to go there.
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/14 19:58:10 (permalink)
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I remember a Valle's right off I-95 in West Haven, Connecticut. My mother and father used to go there.


Do you mean that they left you home, alone?
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/15 10:50:36 (permalink)
Ah, Our old Family favorite...followed us from Maine to VA.

 
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/15 11:26:31 (permalink)
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I remember a Valle's right off I-95 in West Haven, Connecticut. My mother and father used to go there.


Do you mean that they left you home, alone?


Probably. I lived in West Virginia, the Virgin Islands, West Virginia again and then Ohio when they went to Valle's.
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Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2017/08/15 11:26:31 (permalink)
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I remember a Valle's right off I-95 in West Haven, Connecticut. My mother and father used to go there.


Do you mean that they left you home, alone?


Probably. I lived in West Virginia, the Virgin Islands, West Virginia again and then Ohio when they went to Valle's.
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