Veniero’s was among my favorite places that I frequented when I lived in the East Village of New York. My apartment was on East 12th Street when the neighborhood was less than desirable to live in (except by poor artists). Veniero’s is an Italian pastry shop a block or so away. The cannolis and pastries are fabulous and my family visits every time we are in Manhattan. This painting brings to mind fond memories of the past
McSorley’s is one of the oldest pubs in the United States. The history is quite interesting and a place that everyone should go and visit. I would always bring friends that visited me over to the pub for two (they serve in pairs) McSorley’s light or dark. Among the group to the right of the door are my children, wife, and a family friend. This establishment is over 100 years old.
I grew up in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Everyone's favorite pizza place was the Town Spa. Having moved to Connecticut I found no pizza restaurants with the same "bar room" style pizza. When I started teaching at Housatonic Community College everyone talked about Famous Pizza. It turned out to be very similar to the Town Spa, and I later found out that friend from Stoughton attended college at UB and frequented the same restaurant. It became our home away from home.
The figure to the far right is a friend who is a professional musician. We would meet at Famous once a year after Cabaret Night, where we both performed on stage at the college. He carries two pies, one each for him and his wife.
Tavern at Ile St. Louis
This painting was inspired by a dinner with my wife while traveling in Paris. There was a fixed price restaurant near our lodging by Notre Dame Cathedral, and we decided to experiment with the cuisine in the tourist area. It was my first and last encounter with blood sausage. We found the food better when we could eat where locals enjoyed a meal.