"Now, if I could just remember the name...Il Mulino...no, that's not it, Il Trattoria, nope, not even present in Dallas in a google search. I can see it, the gondola, the palm reader, who greeted you with a smile upon entry, the silver bread boxes, the roving band of of musicians, the staff who brought you unending quantities of bread. Hmm. What is the name of that restaurant!!?? Mom and Dad took me there as a youngish person and I fell quite fully entranced with it, my husband and I went back, much later as newlyweds..."
What a fascinating life! What a fun little trip down memory lane. What a joy it was to visit that restaurant and get to enjoy some good food and a bit of magic. With the decor and the ambiance that Mr. Messina strove so hard to create, it made this young girl feel as though she had been whisked away, magically, to another land. Such fun!
That's kind of how it goes around here...so much change, so much progress. Old, historic, or charming, these are the adjectives that sometimes give way to new, progress and construction. Here's three cheers to google, for being able to keep a record of so very many things, and those of us that can remember places of long ago.
Note, we happen to LOVE progress, but we also happen to LOVE history, even some personal history, too! That's it, isn't it, to really know a city, a community, you must know and love some of its past, while appreciating its progress and change, too!
Check out some of the images I found of Il Sorento in a google image search. See if they bring back any memories for you!