Thursday, December 20, 2007

Fine Family Dining - HoJo's, Vince's Spaghetti and DePalma's Italian Village - 1960's Postcards



13 comments:

Davelandweb said...

I have many fond memories of HOJO when they used to have the monopoly of restaurants on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

outsidetheberm said...

Nice! Anything from Arnold's Farmhouse Restaurant or The Buttery in Buena Park in your collection? Have a lot of memories from those places.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

For Dave: The best meal at HOJO's for me was always the deep fried clams. A low cholesterol appetizer. For outsidetheberm: I will look through my collection to see if I have anything from thr farm house or The buttery and I will post them if I have them. Thanks for the comments guys a appreciate them. A little note, my Dad worked at Arnold's Farm House in 1959.

outsidetheberm said...

Thanks. Those two restaurants always had the best atmosphere. Looking forward to seeing what you might find.

Anonymous said...

As a child my family used to eat at DePalma's Italian Village, can't rememberthe food but going there was an adventure. I live in Hawaii now and last summer was trying to find out if the place was still there. Couldn't find anything on the internet.

Anonymous said...

Joe DePalma's Italian Village - Annon. I am sorry to tell you that the place no longer exists. My father and Joe were in WWII and Korea together and I washed dishes and bused tables there as a teenager. Joe was raided by the IRS in 1988 (I think)- he lost everything. I spoke to Joe just before he died in 1991. He was a great cook, but a poor businessman apparently - I hope Annon sees the message.

Anonymous said...

While De Palma's Italian Village is no longer in business, some of the buildings do still exist in the original location. What is left of it is located near Lake Elsinore. It is now a home to a couple who bought it in 1999. I also live on the property as caretaker or groundskeeper. The few buildings that are left are in a state of decay. Every now and then, people will stop by who used to work or eat there.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, Joe Depalma was my grandfather. Yes the resteraunt was closed down, it was nice to see someone has fond memories from my grandpa's village. He was an awesome cook and his village was an awesome place to grow up. I am glad to see someone still thinks about my Grandfather and his cooking. He is truely missed.

Anonymous said...

As a child I remember DePalmas, my family would caravan there with approximately 6 or 7 cars....great memories and the candy and ravioli!!!!!!

Jamie said...

I recall going to DePalma's in the early 70's... it was "destination" restaurant for sure. Threy used to have a 10-Course meal that included wine, salad, soup, more wine, antipasti, a pasta, more wine, entree, dessert and an aperitif. Awesome !

Debbie said...

I was going through old things and stumbled on the original menu "newspaper" (because it was a 47 page menu) from De Palma's Italian Village Giornale that I must have saved...It says Volume I Number 16. It's got to be at least 35 years old...My family and I went there when I was very little and my parents must have picked up the menu and it was passed on to me. I wondered if anyone had a copy also...or where the family is?

Anonymous said...

We too have very fond memories of Depalma's in the late 70's thru early 80's and their 10 course meals. I particularly like the Seafood cassorole served right in the huge cast iron skillet! On occasion we would meet what must have been 20 other friends for a get together there. Nobody seemed to mind our group passing around a few reefers afterwards. Ah, the good old days!

Maury said...

As a new professor at the University of Redlands in 1968 my students took me to DePalma's to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was remarkable in every way. I've celebrated a good many birthdays since but none ever equaled that special evening at DePalma's.