2004-10-14

Little Italy

The only Little Italy location I've visited is the one in Athens on North Lumpkin Street. It is a piece of laid-back local college town flavor if I ever did see one. For one thing, it is dirty as hell -- straight up, dog. Furnishings and fixtures are grimy and worn out. There are large globs of dust collected on the ceiling. But the lighting is dim and accented by green neon, so the harshness is subdued. What is really interesting is the way the guys at the counter call out order numbers like they were regular Italians in New York or something. There is also quite a bit of humor and high energy among them. The nicer wooden tables stay packed by college students chattering about their academic pursuits and various activities that they're worried with at the time. The rear section has a mural covering a number of walls illustrating various sports at UGA, and the playing fields all have a Pepsi logo appearing behind them. The front door has a heavily defaced sticker that used to say "RESTROOM IS FOR CUSTOMERS ONLY." Once certain letters were scratched off so that it said "RESTROOM IS FOR TOM ONLY." Now it says nothing legible.

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