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Mambo Italiano, Roman Village style

A girl came down from Napoli because she missed the sceneryThe native dances and the charming songsBut wait a minute something’s wrong But what was wrong in this charming joint, complete with red leather booths, a banquet hall, and a sign advertising their cocktail lounge? I was sitting at the Roman Village, an Italian restaurant […]

The Banquet Hall Experience

I’m beginning to learn that there is a certain image that represents a “restaurant” in greater Michigan. Driving down the highways, outside of the “downtown”, which has been remodeled (or just maintained) to look like the Americana of storybooks, there are these square buildings, often painted in “genteel” colors that boast large parking lots and […]

My Introduction to Dearborn

I began my trip in Dearborn, Michigan, which is the same distance from Detroit as Pasadena is from Los Angeles. But the comparisons stop there. Dearborn (and Dearborn Heights) was once the mecca of Ford workers and their post-WWII brick houses. Row after row of average-ness, it’s hard not to feel the glare of suburbia […]