Tuesday, January 8, 2008
It may not look like much and believe me when I tell you that the inside is pure Italian American circa 1941, but this is probably the most famous restaurant in Burlington Vermont which has well over 100 restaurants for a population of just over 40,000 people. If you have ever spent more than a few days in Burlington you have probably heard of the restaurant or have eaten there. It has been run by the same family since Victoria Bove opened it in December 1941. It is an institution. The menu is limited and they have daily specials that have not changed since I started eating there in 1967 when I got my first summer job working downtown at the brand, spankin' new JC Penneys. The only store in Vermont to have an escalator at that time. I don't remember the specials except that Wednesday is Lasagna Day and they usually sell out rather quickly.
Today I got my alumni magazine from the University of Vermont (UVM) and there was an article about this guy:
It seems that Bobby arrived at UVM where the Bove brothers were making lasagna for a TV show supposedly about where students eat in college towns. But...tada...they and their lasagna were the subjects of a Throwdown. Seems from the article that Flay won the throwdown, but it was a great marketing coup for Boves and their mail order empire as well as the restaurant itself.
Just thought you would want to know! I don't know when it will air, but it doesn't matter now because we know Bobby won. Tell me, do you have an "institution" like Boves where you grew up?