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Food & Drink > Cafe Vico June 18, 2020

Cafe Vico June 18, 2020

Anyone who knows me knows if I could afford it I would eat out 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (366 in a Leap Year!) in spite of being an excellent cook and it has really been hard since mid -March not to eat out. Considering this is one of the four most favorite things in my life it has been a hard time and then the city took the first step of reopening including restaurants at 50% capacity, all staff wearing masks and tables at least 6 feet apart.

Being a person at very high risk and knowing how many people are sneering at the mask rule I was really hesitant about going out to eat but it was Alan’s birthday and we both like Cafe Vico and I had faith in Marco to follow the rules. (Just look at how empty the two dining-room photos appear and the new, clear vision looking out.) I went in wearing a mask and gloves, leaving wearing a mask and gloves. (No, silly, I took the mask off while eating.)

Though it was an abbreviated lunch menu the food was as excellent as ever. Alan had the Chicken Francaise and me the grilled steak. I wanted carrot cake for dessert as they usually have a good one but they didn’t have any today and Marco suggested a dessert (Argh!!! I am at THAT age I forgot the name!) that was excellent.

The only employees were the employers Marco and his wife and they don’t need any training in service. Each table had a small bottle of hand cleaner and when serving the garlic rolls instead of a monkey dish for dipping they served single-cup portions.

All in all a typical Cafe Vico experience--a winner! Plus I don’t feel a need to quarantine myself for 14 days!

posted on June 18, 2020 4:13 PM ()


We're doing takeout tonight from a place where the two staff usually don't wear masks (I do). But I'll take the chance for the cheese steak and onion rings.
comment by jjoohhnn on June 19, 2020 11:35 AM ()
After 38 years in the restaurant business I can tell many hair raising stories about what happens in kitchens to customer's food but I still ate out a lot because I knew 'those types of kitchen people' didn't work in the places I was eating out in!!
Enjoy your sandwich and rings!
reply by greatmartin on June 19, 2020 11:44 AM ()
It seems like after three months most of us are willing to take some degree of increased risk. My county in Upstate NY is doing so well at keeping cases down that I'd probably feel safe without a mask. But Donna keeps me on track. Fortunately you had a good experience. Kind of makes the risk worth it!
comment by jjoohhnn on June 19, 2020 8:29 AM ()
Cases here are increasing more than 1,000 a day!
I knew Cafe Vico was a huge place besides they were opening for lunch 5 days a week to hopefully make some income plus I NEEDED to eat out like a human being!!!
reply by greatmartin on June 19, 2020 10:45 AM ()

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