To win someone’s heart is through the stomach and I do not doubt that. REAL cooking is a process of love. When we truly savor a bite, we can ‘taste’ the care from the cook. I could tell if the cook really put attention to the control of the flavor and preparation of the meal. No wonder my mom’s dishes always taste better than when I eat out.
There are many old-time eateries that are threatened by the tough market and diminished businesses, so are forced to ‘retire’. A recent one in NYC is Gino, an old-schooled Italian restaurant that has been opened since 1945. It was patronized by many famous Hollywood stars, such as Sinatra and Streisand, but business is still business and when there is too much competition out there and the growing greed from the real estate corporation, as good as the food could be, if you cannot survive in this tough restaurant business, then it is sadly time to ‘fold’ the napkin.
Today was the last day for Gino. It is known for its kitschy zebra wallpapers, covering all four walls. The food won’t ‘wow’ you, but you could totally taste the process of love, like coming out of an Italian mom’s kitchen. It is not gourmet food by any means, but I choose a simple meal over an extravagant one. My motto always is “simplicity is best”.
So another iconic instituion has died in NY and you know what’s the sad part? It will be replaced by a cupcake store.
I’m very disturbed by this thought…