I love New Orleans. Love is a strong word and I don’t use it lightly. I love New Orleans. Let me tell you about New Orleans and then you can decide if it is a place you might like. If you are bored in New Orleans, you have a hole in your imagination. It really is a magical city. I’ve never been anywhere else like it, and I’ve lived in a couple of other places all over the world. There are good reasons why I love living in New Orleans.
Let me tell you about the January Cocktail of the Month at Ralph’s-on-the-Park. It’s the Pizatti Negroni:
Is this a good drink? I’ve had it. I don’t particularly like it. It’s a little too fruity for my taste. If you ask me, most of the cocktails of the month at Ralph’s-on-the-Park are a little too—how shall I put this?— designed for a feminine palette. I prefer a drink that’ll put hair on my chest. The Pizatti Negroni, a mix of gin, Aperol, sweet vermouth, and passion fruit purée, isn’t putting hair on anyone’s chest. Ladies who lunch love it.
Why the Pizatti Negroni? Because the guy who donated the gate that serves as the entrance to City Park across from Ralph’s-on-the-Park was named after steamboat captain Salvatore Pizzati.
“Pizzati Gate (1910)
“The Pizzati Gate, with its brilliant archway lights spelling “City Park” at night, stands at the original entrance to City Park at City Park Avenue and Anseman Avenue (originally called the Alexander Street entrance). The archway was built with a donation from steamboat Captain Salvatore Pizzati, a Sicilian who immigrated to New Orleans and made his fortune in the shipping industry in New Orleans…”
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT NEW ORLEANS.
Is this what you were expecting to read about when you clicked on a link called “Let Me Tell You About New Orleans?” Probably not. I digress, as I tend to do. We live in a kaleidoscope of a city where every story, like every day, doesn’t go straight from Point A to Point B. Ours is a city full of delightfully detailed and surprising distractions. I had something else in mind altogether when I started this essay. No worries. If you are bored in New Orleans, you must have a hole in your imagination. I probably already said that already in the first paragraph. It is an observation that bears repeating.
No one ever says their visit to New Orleans is too long. It is always too short. The more you are here, the more you’ll realize how much more there is that you’re missing. New Orleans really is magical.
Sunday, January 20, 2019: You’ll never guess where I went today. I went to Ralph’s-on-the-Park after a visit to the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. It’s peaceful in the gardens and it’s just at the end of our street, a picturesque stroll from our front door. Get your good self to New Orleans. Good memories are made here.