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