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Borough Italian Rant

ccrider | Feb 1, 2004 01:07 PM

Why do these places like Cono and Son's, Mario's (Bronx), Pasquale's Rigoleto (Bronx), Piccolo Venezia, etc, go for that tacky sedate decor? Is there one specific contractor who dresses these once traditional atmospheres into campy, neon, pastel nightmares? I was told that Mario's is where they filmed Godfather One. This place looks nothing like the cool, old-world joint that Michael knocked off those two guys in. I like the food and the people, but the atmosphere is awful. Why did they change a good thing? I mean, Luger's realized what it had and vowed not to "improve" it. Can anyone justify the motive behind these borough Italian restaurants going for this sterile, geriatric atmosphere? Also, if anyone knows of an old-timer which still looks like a relic from the 1930's (tile floor, pressed ceiling, wood trim, wooded-brass bar,etc.), please advise. Further, I drag people to these Italina ethnic enclaves in the boroughs for good food, but find myself having to explain why the atmosphere is so bad. By the way, that same contractor must have hit all the joints on Mulberry Street as well.

This is just my opinion and I would love to find the right place that doesn't fit this description......

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