I too remember the days of picking up your Co-op orders behind the building.
What a concept. That that co-op still thrives is a testament to the hard work and vision of the founders and to the spirit of the Tucson community.
Adam, the title makes me feel old. Once upon a time I lived on a farm where we were
organic and mostly sustainable. We grew most of our food, traded for other stuff, tapped maple trees for syrup, milked goats, raised chickens for eggs only, I even sewed stuff (not very well mind you.) but now when I hear the terms organic and sustainable I have to laugh, I think it's great but really nothing new. Of course, I don't live that way now. I'm a little lazy these days.
Congratulations to Isabella's Ice Cream! Great idea and how empowering to do as much as you can to be sustainable. Much success in your future expansions.
As one of the people who started the Food Conspiracy I am glad to see it is still thriving. It has come a long way from out weekend gathering of grocery lists and purchasing in bulk for distribution.
Rest in Peace Uncle Danny
I loved Vince's when I lived in Tucson in the 80s. The food was wonderful. I love to read articles like this. It's great to relive the past with great food from places like Vince's and The Big A.
There is a reason why these restaurants are now closed. Maybe people's expectations for good food are a little higher. I went to some of these restaurants and the food quality was real bad. I am Italian and know the difference. None of these places had decent food and I am glad they are no longer around
Great to know about this farm. I don't usually digest milk well, but years ago I had access to raw milk and not only did it taste much better to me, I had no difficulty digesting it.
Got a message on my Facebook page from the folks at Michelangelo's, that wonderful Italian place on Magee Road near Oracle Road.
They noted that when Damiano's closed in 1985 (like Da Vinici's someone bought the name) the opened their present restaurant thereby continuing the Damiano Ali family business.
Deadlines and word count prevented mention of this info in my article. It was by no means in any way an intentional omission.
It's nice to know the family tradition continues.
Baronetta! Honey, you really need that operation to have the stick removed. Loved the article, as I loved many the late restaurants mentioned on the list. Yeah, guess I'm old and been in Tucson too long. Damn right! Baronetta, move to Phoenix!
I am one of the happy members of the herd, and Shelby is the real deal. She is one of those lucky people who gets to pursue her passion for a living and it shows!
I am not so sure about all of the alleged benefits and dangers to raw milk because, frankly, both sides are pushing an agenda (though I would NEVER drink raw milk from a factory dairy farm where the animals live in their own filth and the farmers use pasteurization to hide the lack of sanitation), but the milk from Shelby's farm tastes incredible and the animals are happy and healthy. As a member, I am proud to support local agriculture and I'm thrilled to have a personal relationship with my dairy farmer and the animals.
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This has to be one of THE most lame, not to mention useless, series of articles ever! How about giving us current info we can use rather than dwelling on the past!
RE: El Greco
Bill, it moved to Ft. Lowell just west of Swan and occupied a former Circle K (next to Chad's) and was open there for many years. I ate there a lot (Park) in college and followed them when they moved to better digs. The Mom & Dad retired and the kids were running the show. They decided they would rather lead normal lives then be married to the restaurant and after a couple years made the decision to close to pursue other careers.
When celebrating a special occasion there was no question that Scordato's was the destination. And DaVinci's was the perfect choice for that first date dinner. I miss them both. Thanks for the memories.
Tasting Patrick's pastries is a passionate pleasure. Good Luck!!
best pastries in tucson!
Good luck on your new venture!
I would also add the Hidden Valley Inn (circa 1985) to this list of longtime Tucson favorites that are gone. I always enjoyed the old cowboy who played the guitar near the fireplace with the picture of Clint Eastwood (as the Outlaw Josy Wales or ??) hanging over the fireplace. We would always have what they called a "Cheese Crisp" as an appetizer (a quesadilla) and always looked at the extensive dioramas they had on display ( a circus, indian camps, other?)
I lived in Tucson from 1984 until 1989 and went to the Palomino Restaurant many times and usually had the bouillabaisse. I never think about bouillabaisse without thinking of the Palomino. It is a great memory!
The author might want to learn how to spell "Colombia"...
Shortly after spending three weeks in Argentina where I had empanadas from about a dozen different restaurants, I went to Mamma Llama's and got their Argentine empanadas. I got two large frozen empanadas, fairly expensive...about $10.95 for the two. I followed the instructions and baked them to a perfect golden brown. When I took my first bite, I was surprised to find that the crust was very thick, maybe a half inch. There was a brown filling that apparently had some beef in it, but seemed to be mostly raisins, tomatoes, spices, and other non-meat items.
By contrast, the ones I had in Buenos Aires all had much thinner crust and were much different looking, shaped kind of like crescents. They usually had chicken, beef, or pork filling with seasoning, but few vegetables. People eat them as a main course, and three small ones there would fill me up.
But how were the ones from Mamma Llama's? Well, they tasted OK, but though I got their large size, I was still hungry after having two of these for supper. Were they authentic? I don't know...maybe for Peru or Venezuela...but they tasted nothing like the ones I had in Buenos Aires, and after reading all the rave reviews about Mamma Llama's empanadas, I was quite disappointed. If you have much of an appetite, I would not recommend these as a main course, but they might make a nice, if expensive, snack.
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