Saturday, December 22, 2012

Playing Tombola this Christmas

Looks like most people are staying at home and playing cards or Tombola (bingo) this Christmas. Yes, the recession can be felt here in Milazzo. It's always quiet in the run-up to Christmas, but this year even more so. Of course, the stormy weather doesn't help - thunder, lightning and hailstones. Let's hope people come out for festive drinks over the next couple of weeks

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Trend-setters

Mio marito and I dined in a restaurant in a nearby village during the week. It was recommended by a friend and we liked the place - the decor, the service, the food. We were the only customers on Thursday night - in fact we didn't open our restaurant because the period just before the run-up to Christmas is always so quiet. The chef assured us that they did good business at the weekend, especially on Sunday night when they had their aperitivo. Aha? Our ears pricked up. His list of aperitivo dishes could have been ours, in fact, we suspect, it was directly inpsired by ours - right down to the home-made focaccia and couscous and greek salad, the buffet-stlye service and the price! Just as well we have a new aperitivo menu since November. In this business, the key is to keep renovating, reinventing, improving all the time...