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    A Good Place to Spend a Cold Evening

    So, Herman and I went to Lanzi’s On The Lake Restaurant one very cold wintry evening in December. What struck me at first as we drove in the parking lot was that aside from obvious employee parking, the lot was empty!

    When we went inside we were greeted by Larry Lanzi, who informed us that we were the first customers of the evening. It being a Tuesday night and like I said before, bitter cold, people were staying home and keeping warm. I can’t say enough how much I love this restaurant and the family that runs it. Even when it’s crowded, they make us feel like we are the only ones there.

    We have a lot of connections with Lanzi’s. Herman mentioned to Larry that this was the first place he ever laid eyes on me. (We were both with someone else at the time.) I didn’t see Herman, but met him several years later. I was at the family counseling center for a MS support group meeting and Herman was in the lobby waiting for his date who worked there.

    I was still walking with a cane as were the several girls I walked out with. When Herman saw me he recognized me from this column and asked me to come to his writer’s workshop, which he was running at the time.

    I’m like “Sure whatever.” And then proceeded to completely forget about it. Give Herman points here for being persistent. Because within the month he looked up my phone number and gave me a call in Northville. On our first time out we drove to Saratoga for a writing workshop that was being held there. We talked non-stop all the way.

    I have to admit that I liked the writing workshop but I think I liked Herman more! We had a union service at Lanzi’s about seven years ago. It was a warm day and we had the ceremony on the front deck. Now, Lanzi’s has a very successful wedding business but I think our ceremony was one of the first.

    Have I ever mentioned that they named a special dish after me? It’s called the Kathryn Special and it basically is a pasta dish done in white wine, lemon and butter sauce with mixed vegetables on top. The reason they gave it a name, according to Chris Lanzi the chef, was to avoid confusion on the part of the wait staff. It’s a truly great dish as I think most things are there.

    After we sat down on that cold and wintry Tuesday night, a few more people came in. I wouldn’t go as far to say that we brought the customers with us, but I’m glad all the same that Lanzi’s had more business.

    Now that we are in the dead of winter let’s all pray for warmer temperatures soon.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"