What's in a name?
The ''big rollers'' swagger into town with a borrowed or clever name, recipes that remind us of every other eatery, staff and management more concerned with their egos and tips rather than customer service and hospitality. These come and go (not a minute too soon).
A cheerful greeting, a cozy chair, ambiance that rivaled the ''big'' cities, service with a smile and an anticipated chat with the owners Alberini's stood head and shoulders above the rest for almost 60 years. From a pizza, pasta and meatball shop to a destination restaurant of unequaled quality and reputation; the quality we simply refer to as ''class.''
Class can't be manufactured, can't be bought or faked. It is never pretentious or demanding it's always giving and friendly; as in one big happy family you know was always waiting on the highway, just before the mall, warmly inviting one and all to come, enjoy, be part of the family and feel welcome while you enjoyed the finest in dining, the best wine list, the recognition of a meal well-prepared and served by caring people.
The honors received and the icons of entertainment and sports who frequented Alberini's over the years would fill volumes. Suffice it to say; Alberini's has no peer, only imitators and wannabes. In Richard and Gilda we have the king and queen of hospitality. In Chook - the crown prince; able and worthy of the crown passed down to him.
As the door is locked for the final time and the lights dimmed as he exits to take that last ride home from the history he helped create, I wish Chook, his lovely wife Brigitte and, of course, Gilda Alberini the best of happiness and good health now and into the future.