So, I’ve missed a couple of days, but I’m catching up slowly here …. But man, am I grateful for good – actually, make that GREAT olive oil! How in the world did I go for so many years in my life without knowing its abundant goodness?!?! In a wonderful turn of events (which includes being photographed by the LEGENDARY Victor Skrebneski – WHAT?), we ended up with his recommendation to eat at La Scarola. Considering that Leo’s face melted away to nearly 20 years ago and memories of his Grandma’s homemade “Parmigiana” (“Eggplant Parm” for us American’s), the stamp of ‘authenticity’ was granted, and we ate ourselves silly as if in the old country!! This is such a classic Italian ‘joint’, replete with the Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel photos (as well a number of Skrebneski’s autographed photos, naturally), but it is alive and well on its own merits – not just folklore. It’s a GEM. (And the Veal Mondelli also is highly recommended!)