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LoCicero's House Salad Dressing

From: Karyn 
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 11:25 AM
Subject: LoCicero's House Salad Dressing


Years ago on Cape Cod there was in Italian restaurant in Orleans, MA.  
LoCicero's was owned by Carmello who was a tailor by trade but had this 
awesome restaurant.  
He sold it years ago and they closed the doors.  I am looking for the house 
salad dressing they used for all their salads and antipasto. Can you help?

Thank You

Hello Karyn,

There is an article here about LoCicero’s and why they closed. According to that article, the owner was Steve Mohan. There is no mention of anyone named Carmello:
Cape Cod Online

I had no success locating a recipe for LoCicero’s Italian Dressing, but according to these articles, it is being sold in retail shops under the name “Dallamora's Cape Cod Dressing”:

Dallamora's Cape Cod Dressing

Cape Cod Online



Toojay's Chopped Salad

From: martha
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:08 AM
Subject: Recipe, please

Just noticed I was not supposed to capitalize and I did.  Sorry.

Can we start again?

I'm looking for morrison's baked fish recipe.

Also,I would like toojay's chopped salad recipe.

Would be eternally grateful.


Hello Martha,

The baked fish in the Morrison's kitchen manual that I have was Spanish mackerel. The recipe is here:
08/14/09. But, see also: 8-14-2013

I had no success finding a recipe or a copycat for Toojay’s chopped salad. The menu describes it like this:
Toojay's Menu

TooJay's Chopped Salad 8.95
Turkey, ham, egg, black olives, red onions, crisp greens and garden vegetables chopped and tossed with your choice of dressing,
topped with Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled bacon and artichoke hearts.

Even if you had the recipe for the salad, it would be difficult to reproduce exactly without using the same turkey and ham that they use. They might make their own turkey and ham, and who knows what spices they might use in them? Even if they buy them, who knows the brand? Same with their dressings if they make them in-house. I did not find any recipes for their turkey, their ham, or their dressings.

However, you should be able to cobble something together from the menu description plus your memory of the salad. Good luck!


Cafe DaVanzo Dish

From: Becky 
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 9:24 PM
Subject: Cafe Devanzo

Hi Phaedrus,
I am looking for a recipe from a restaurant that a one time in Stafford and 
Fredericksburg, VA called Cafe DeVanzo.  The dish was called Roberto DeVanzo, 
which had a cream sauce with pine nuts.  
I have not been able to find the recipe anywhere.  
If you can find that would be wonderful.  

Thank you,


Hi Becky,

Gosh, you don’t give me much information about the dish. What was the main ingredient of the dish? Any meat? Any pasta? The name of the restaurant appears to be “Café DaVanzo”, rather than “Café DeVanzo”.

I searched in vain for a menu from Café DaVanzo. I found a newspaper restaurant review of it here:
The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star - Mar 4, 2004

I found an ad for the restaurant here:
The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star - May 26, 1994

In that ad, a dish is described that is called simply “DaVanzo”. It has chicken, noodles, pine nuts and mushrooms in a cream & cheese sauce. From the ad:

Chunks of Marinated Chicken Breast, Pine Nuts, Mushrooms,
Spinach, with Egg Noodles and Spinach Noodles.
Served in a Fresh Cream and Cheese Sauce.

Perhaps this is the dish that you mean? I wish that I could say that I had found the recipe, but that ad is the only mention of it that I could find. Sorry.

I will post this on my site. perhaps a reader can help.


Greenfield's Cafeteria Coleslaw

From: Account Service 
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 3:02 PM
Subject: Greenfields Cafeteria Downtown Detroit

There used to be a Greenfield's Cafeteria in downtown Detroit where everyone went 
to on their lunch hour.  
They had the best non-creamy coleslaw ever.  Any chance of finding the recipe?


Hi Marlynn,

I had no success locating a recipe or copycat for the actual Greenfield's Cafeteria coleslaw. However, "The Ride of a Lifetime: The Autobiography of Leon David Bess" By Leon David Bess says:
We ate at Greenfield's quite often. I usually had fried cod for seventy-five cents, mashed potatoes for twenty cents, and health salad - kind of like cole slaw - for fifteen cents.

This is the link for that book. There's no recipe in it.:
"The Ride of a Lifetime: The Autobiography of Leon David Bess" By Leon David Bess

This kind of non-creamy coleslaw had it's origin in Jewish delicatessens, where it is called "Health Salad". There are several different recipes for it, with slightly different ingredients. Since I'm not familiar with Greenfield's ingredients, I could not say which one is closest to theirs, but here are some recipes:

Health Salad

Kosher Coleslaw-Health Salad

Kosher Health Salad

Kosher Deli Health Salad


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