It's been 3 years since I last wrote a post in a series I called "Dining Out With Mad".
I don't know why I never continued it. Could it have been a subconscious response to a pattern developing with the first 2 entries (Cafe Ruba RIP and Woe is Burger King )? The 3rd entry didn't see the pattern continued, afterall. :-D
Besides...the "pattern" actually got its start a few months after I began blogging, in 2002 and anyway, even though I blogged about the experience at the time, I didn't learn until 2007 the fate of the restuarant in question!
In oct. 2007 I sat down to make a few additions, and slight rewrites, to my original story, in light of this news, but the rewrite has sat in a file on my computer, all but forgotten until today when I came upon it once again. :-D
I think it's time I share that new version at last.
When in Rome...
Enjoy a fancy and tasty meal...
In June 2002, while leisurely perusing the Los Angeles Times, lo and behold but what should I see? A 2 page ad with a coupon for a free meal! Now FREE is The Mad Macedonians favorite 4 letter F-word in the whole wide world, you understand, so I just had to know more. There was a new Italian Restuarant in West Hollywood and, just so there's no doubt it's Italian, there was a menu in the ad to prove it!
The place was called Rome Italian Cucina and was located at 9000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.
World reknown Executive Chef Shad Davis opened the place the previous month and apparantly decided to spend a week giving out free 4 course meals to anyone waving one of these coupons and who either came alone, or dragged 1 to 3 other people through the door of the establishment with them.
The meal included choices of appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert. As far as drinkies were concerned, you would be on your own so come prepared to pay the piper. :-D
The Mad One is here to tell you that, while my evening experience was amazing, I didn't feel like I was visiting an exotic land ( West Hollyweirds' undeserved reputation not withstanding ), and the dining experience itself wasn't unique. The food and the service was, well, let me begin at the start of the evening, 8 hours before chow time...
I decided Monday night that going to Rome would be an interesting experience. So I hopped the bus for a 2 1/2 hour trip, that got me there at 530pm. The line was a block long, with a street to cross toward the front. Not a good sign. There were people who had been in line since 2pm. Another bad sign. As a reference point I noted I was 3 trees from the corner.
Yup, you guessed it! Not a good sign!