East 110th and Woodland / Mt. Carmel crew breaks bread Italian style
Last night the guys (old guys) from East 110th and Woodland / Mt. Carmel area got together for their quarterly dinner, this time held at Mario Fazio’s in Willoughby Hills. We were not disappointed.
The dinner brought together 37 guys, mostly senior citizens and some of their cousins from the Kinsman area, another Italian area in Cleveland. East 110th and Woodland and Kinsman areas were rival neighborhoods way back when. Lots of baseball bats were swinging in those days.
These men, 99% Italian, some honorary like our PR guy Russalino have been friends for over 65 years and have a very uncommon bond with one another like no other neighborhood in the Cleveland area.
We grew up together, went to school together, played sports together, kicked each-others asses, dated each-others sister, served mass at Mt. Carmel Church and have remained friends all these years.
The gamut of personalities ranges from a brain surgeon to convicts and everything in between but we all have one very important thing in common, friendship.
We picked the family style dinner at Fazio’s for our menu and out of the 37 guys that attended the dinner, there was only one complaint; too much food.
The food was absolutely delicious. One of the guys even commented that the braciole was just like his mothers. Now that is a compliment to the owner and her cooks. The service was also excellent.
The menu consisted of pizza, garlic bread, wedding soup, veal parm, chicken paccata, braciole, cavaletti, potatos with peppers, casada cake and coffee. An Italian feast.
There were only a couple slight difficulties the entire evening. When it was time to leave our two buddies Phil P and Jimmy S both doing “Weight Watchers” had to be taken to their cars in a wheel barrow. Too many points fellas.
If you are ever in the neighborhood of Willoughby Hills and have a few hunger pains, stop in Fazio’s; I can assure you that you will not leave hungry and will be totally satisfied.
If the bunch from Mt. Carmel walked away happy, it is a tough crowd to please.
Vic, how were the left-overs?
I love all these guys but we always have to remember one thing; I always collect the money before they eat. Ever hear of “dine and dash”? We invented it.
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