The most memorable place I’ve been is the restaurant I went to in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The trip to get there took about 10 minutes from our hotel. We instantly spotted it by its sun roof, which had the Italian flag colors: red, green, and white.
The restaurant was small, but very exquisite.
There were potted plants in the windows, which had white curtains. It looked like someone’s home in Italy, rather than a public place to eat.
Upon entering through the glass doors, there was a wall with a board that showed pictures of the
owner. She seemed in her late 60s and had a very happy expression on her face.
Then, you could see the dining room. There were glass chandeliers. The tables were round and covered with red tablecloths. The white ceramic plates shimmered in the soft light. In the center of each table was a slim vase with a single red rose. The napkins, with the forks, knives, and spoons, were neatly folded into place.
My parents both ordered a dish with all the seafood you could possibly think of: shrimp, mussels -- all tossed in a white sauce. The plate looked like a rainbow with all different colors of seafood. I chose the simple spaghetti and meatballs with tomato sauce.
Over the low chatter there was music playing in the background. Italian music. At first, I thought it was coming from speakers, but it was a real, live accordion player.
Our food arrived in 20 minutes, one platter after the other. It was delicious. After only the first few bites I was already satisfied, but it was probably because before my plate had arrived, I’d had a bel- lyful of garlic bread with olive oil in a wonderful herb and tomato sauce as well as a bowl of delicious soup. After that, I’d had a plate of green salad: lettuce, tomatoes, mini black olives, red onions, and green peppers with Italian dressing. All that plus the huge plate of spaghetti and two large meatballs fried to perfection without any of the grease -- all smothered in fresh tomato and herb sauce. My par- ents were both satisfied, as well as my grandmothers, my sister, and me. Especially me.