Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 23, 1980, Page 8, Image 7

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tip of the tongue
"Fast food establishments are
likely to continue taking sales
away from traditional full-ser
vice restaurants,” a new federal
study concludes. Jeepers,
where will it end?
It all started out innocently
enough, drive-in windows, car
hops, "Cruising the Gut"; now
we're eating petroleum in our
margarine.
Far be it from me to
recommend eating as a subve
rsive activity. But if you want to
strike a blow for freedom of
choice, do what the Romans
and Greeks have been doing
since Classical times; Take at
least two hours for dinner.
A scene from Fellini’s Roma
suggests the possibilities. There
they are, large banquet tables
full of them, outdoors in the
piazza under lightbulbs strung
every whichway — mammas
twirling pasta with one hand and
whacking kids making spitballs
of their breadcrusts with the
other, florid husbands with
mouthfuls of wine calling jests
across the piazza to their
neighbors, apron-clad waiters
dodging in and out with spla
shing carafes and heaping
plates, everybody behaving as if
digestion were an externa;
process.
Poppi's, at 13th Avenue and
Hilyard Street, always seems to
me one of the places in town
that encourages that kind of
free-form dining style, especial
ly now when the nights are
warm and long, the patio is
open, and the bouzouki music
toodles in your blood. The
Greek cheesecake, dark-honey
sweet and cradled in filo pastry,
remains one of the better
excuses for being near campus
late.
Tino's at 1491 Willamette St.,
on a Friday night also does a fair
imitation of the Fellini gusto,
with softball players quaffing
beers and inhaling pizza, moony
couples staring over the drip
ping candles, mom and pop out
on a treat and a pulse of food
induced chatter under all, pun
ctuated by an occasional baby
yelp.
We had an old favorite, the
scampi in lemon, butter and
mushroom sauce, still one of the
tastiest fish dishes we know in
town, and an instant new
favorite, the cioppino, a kind of
fish stew with clams, scampi,
scallops and whitefish in a spicy
tomato sauce. These dinners
came with sidedishes of pasta
and decently-cooked broccoli,
minestrone soup or salad, and
spumoni ice cream.
Pasta dishes and pizza are
also available, but it's Tino's
top-of-the-line stuff, which only
cost a couple dollars more, that
best displays the cook’s talents.
Our two-hour dinner included
Frascati, a pleasant Roman
white wine, and enough food for
lunch the next day, while the
combined bill, with tip, was less
than $20.
The Italian Place, set in
among the fastfood filling sta
tions at Willamette Street and
27th Avenue, still remembers its
heritage. If you feel at home
among big, closely packed
booths, and enjoy the company
of middle-aged birthday partiers
in the next room, in addition to a
plate of spaghetti for $1.50, you
may have your place.
The Italian Place also has one
of the cheapest wine lists in
town. For instance, $2 will buy
you a split of I976 Sebastiani
Chianti. Don’t expect magic, but
for relaxation and simple food,
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this "full service” restaurant on
the Gut is worth a visit.
The Spagetti Warehouse
deserves a mention in this
context, too. Honestly, I had a
hard time taking seriously a
restaurant that both spelled the
name of its main attraction
wrong ( spaghetti is correct) and
promoted itself as a warehouse
(whoopee, let’s sit among the
packing crates), but they have
their heart in the right place.
The opening salad is especially
welcome. It comes in a serving
bowl, which holds enough for a
couple rounds.
The spaghetti dishes are at
least OK. The basic tomato
sauce is somewhat sweet, and
both the mushroom and clam
sauces would improve with less
thickening, but for less than $5
per person you can enjoy dining
out.
And they offer a nice birthday
present. Both on the day before
and the day after, as well as the
birthday itself, your dinner is on
them. "Full service” finds an
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