Joe Di Maggio's Restaurant had its start in Houston, Texas in nineteen-fifty. An unpretentious hole-in-the-wall on
Shepherd Drive, it wasn't the best choice my parents could have made for their first mom and pop bistro. Beer sales
exceeded food sales; so they moved farther south on Shepherd Drive and set up a quaint little place that seated
seventy-two. Candles stuck on top of old Chianti bottles adorned the emblematic checkered tablecloth creating a
romantic storybook Italian restaurant. The wonderful pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, and the original specialty dishes
started to flow from the small kitchen.
Houstonians began to gather in large numbers to enjoy some good ol'home cooking. Sports figures, movie stars,
astronauts, and other famous people found their way to the little eatery and dad began to hang their signed photographs
on the walls. He soon ran out of wall space.
Years later, forced to move to a new location, they set up shop in a place that seated three hundred and sixty-five.
As they say, the rest is history.
Dad and mom handled the seventy-two seater with no sweat, but the new place gave them a problem. Mom was used to
fixing all the orders herself and could not bring herself to accept someone else working in her kitchen. I left my
job with NASA to help them and eventually ran the restaurant the last ten years of its existence.
I remember the first time I heard someone ask my dad, "How do you get off using Joe Di Maggio's name?" His answer
was simple, "I'm not using the Yankee Clipper's name; he is using mine. I am thirty-five years older than he is."(actually 17 years older)
When the famous Joe Di Maggio came to Houston to participate in the old-timers game at the Astrodome, he always
stopped in to eat, visit, and drink some velvet hammers in that order.
One of my favorite things is eating good food and drinking good drink; I look forward to working on this project.|
SAMPLE RECIPE FROM COOKBOOK
It occurred to me that you might like to see sample recipes presented on this web site with the guiding principles described above in place. I have selected an artichoke dish that is unusual and delicious. If you like it and would like to see other samples, please e-mail me; I will add others. Of course, I will appreciate any comments you may have on the clarity of the recipe and how easy or difficult it was to prepare.
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