A Waiter at GINO’S
And the Famous ZEBRA WALLPAPER
GINO’S on Lexington Avenue near Bloomingdale’s was what is known as an Old School Italian Red-Sauce Joint. It was quite famous, a favorite of many A List Celebrities like: Frank Sinatra, Ed Sullivan. Gay Talese, Nick Pileggi, Martin Scorsese, and so many more.
The food was great. It was simple uncomplicated old school Napoletan fare, the kind of food that just about every New Yorker loved dearly. They had all the usual supects, like; Baked Clams Oreganta or Casino as well as Posillipo, Lasagna, Manicotti, Chicken and Veal Parmigiano, Spaghetti with Clam Sauce (Vongole) and much more, but there was one dish that was most famous of all, and if you went to Gino’s, you know what I’m talking about. Yes, taht dish is the famed RIGATLON al SEGRETO (pasta w/ Secret Sauce).
Gino’s was truly wonderful, as it was the perfect old school Italian Restaurant for the City of New York. As we know, they had great food, but the prices were very reasonable and most affordable as was the Wine List at Gino’s. There was the also uber famous Scalamandre Zebra Wallpaper and the dining room itself, filled with well-heeled regulars who gave the place a wonderful life of its own. You felt the energy in the air of Gino’s, and it felt so good. And of course, there were the waiters and Matre’d ‘s of the year, who provide excelleent , friendly professional service to complete the picture that made the whole of Gino’s one of a kind, and again “Oh So Wonderful” it was.
MAKE The SCRET SAUCE
by BEST SELLING ITALIAN COOKBOOK AUTHOR
DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE