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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Culinary Delights

I do not typically write about eating, although that seems to have become a passion in my later years.  However, the culinary options at Lauderdale By the Sea are almost limitless.  I suppose this writing should be posted as "Gluttony".  While what we eat or details of each day is not my purpose in writing this Blog, I sometimes make an exception. 

This is my conception of a picture perfect Italian restaurant.  Looks like my stay in Sicily many years (decades) ago.  There wine was $2.50 per 1.5 liter bottle, food was about $3.00 a plat and the language was music to my ears.  Our new friend at Correlli's is Joe the owner. He came to this country with $2.00 in his pocket in 1968, later owned 5 restaurants.  Now with a growing wine importing enterprise, olive oil importing and his own sauces, he is a joy to visit with and he will get your $$$ for buying his product. After all, we did buy a case of his Italian wines, now shipping to Madisonville, KY.  YES!  Kentucky finally agreed to allow all to ship wine products to the great Commonwealth.  That only took 200 years. 

Now for the food.  We have experienced the Rigatoni, Egg Plant Parmesan and now the famous Correlli Pizza.  We should have purchased by the slice but this jewel was 18" of pizza dreams.  All ingredients are local or imported, including spices.  Joe makes his own sauce and the cheeses are right of the wagon. 
No franchise stuff here.  Joe sat and visited with us for an hour each visit.  His wife's family history and pics are plastered all around the restaurant, looking like the classic Italian family we might picture in the movies. Their children work in the restaurant and wine business and soon in the olive oil importing enterprise.  Grandchildren are learning the work ethic with 9 yr. olds busing tables in the summer.  Now that work ethic we need so much more in our next generation.  I doubt you could pluck a 20 something out of the US and drop him or her in Italy or any other foreign country and look for them to be a success in year later.  They may be have their hand out when they get down to $2.00.   If you find yourself in the Ft. Lauderdale area, Lauderdale By the Sea to be specific, drop by Correlli's and ask for Joe.  You will not be disappointed.  Please save time for that nap you will need after the meal. 
http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=correli's+restaurant,+lauderdale+by+the+sea,+fl&hl=en&cid=17240288508832155581

Enough about food.  Friends we make along the way are most important.  Remember, "all who wander are not lost". 

Barry, Denise, Bailey and Bella

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