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Does anyone remember the above restaurant that was located at the old convent in Old Gaeta. It was closed after the death of the owner in the late 60's. Supposedly, it was rated fairly high as the menu goes.

I always went to Emilo's on the Via Annunziata as one of my favorites.
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Speaking of that restaurant and its menus, they were oversized (maybe 16" X 20") and very unique and artistically designed.  I saved one, had it framed and it hung in my kitchen for lots of years.  The correct name of the restaurant is A' O Re Burlone and the name has something to do with a jester, or a joker.  It  apparently has been shut down several times, but there is now a restaurant at the same site by the same name.  Check out:

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

http://www.golfogaeta.com/ristorantigaeta.htm

I was in Gaeta in '98 and it was not in business then.  I was told by a cab driver (who was around when the Little Rock was homeported there), that it shut down in the 70's when the flagship moved to Naples for some period.  He didn't say anything about the owner dying, but that could be.  I think I remember that the same American who owned the restaurant also owned a beach club up the coast named Aeneas' Landing.  The ship had a party there (maybe 4th of July?) in '70.  Both the beach club and the restaurant were very nice, but lacked two essentials . . . reasonably priced Heineken and single women.


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Today I received the following message via email. I thought it would be a good idea to add it to this forum.

"Art,  I didn’t serve aboard Little Rock, I served aboard Springfield from Jan 71 to July 71, I was one of the 3 helo pilots.  I have been trying for the life of me to remember the name of a really nice restaurant that was up on the hill.  I remember it was quite a windy drive to get to, and had a name something like “ory berlone”.  It had a really nice menu that was suitable for framing as many of us did.  Maybe some of you folks that were there a little longer than I was can remember the name.

Thanks so much,  Joe Kavale
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I passed on the link to this Forum to Joe K. (Ed.)

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Joe Kavale got back to me yesterday with the following message:

"Art,  Thanks so much for the quick response, and the answer.  No I don’t have a copy of the menu, that has been lost over the years.  I did a little “google” work and found this (link).  Although the restaurant isn’t the same, the menu sure looks the same.

As far as visiting the Little Rock page, even though I am an aviator, I am a died in the wool cruiser sailor.  I spent my first class midshipman cruise on Galveston and Topeka, and I had the tour on Springfield.  I think a cruiser (heavy or light) was the prettiest ship the Navy ever had.  I sure wish they could have saved Des Moines.

I landed a couple of times on Little Rock on my Med cruise in 1970.  Once she was in Rapallo, and we were in Cannes.  Our H-2 was the only air asset in a 5 ship amphib squadron.  We got the word that there was a “med-evac” on Little Rock and their H-2 was down, they called us all in off liberty, we fired up the bird.  Sixth Fleet got all the clearances to fly in French and then Italian airspace. We landed (it was a little tight with the other H-2 pulled up by the missile launcher) and waited for someone to be brought out on a stretcher.  Out walks a 3rd class PO with a bag and gets into the helo.  Seems it wasn’t a “med-evac”, just an emergency leave case, and we were to take him to Nice to catch his flight.  By the time we got back to Austin it was dark.  Good thing she had a big deck and good lighting.  Joe"

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wow!! wasn't the helo called Snoopy?..
good times!

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Hi Fotomom6!

Yes, there was a helo on board Little Rock named Snoopy. I've attached below a picture from the '68-'69 Cruise Book. The shipmate in the picture may be ADJ3 G.M. Kelton, but I'm not sure.

Does anyone know why the name "Snoopy" was chosen for the helo?

      PS: Fotomom6....what is your connection to the USS Little Rock?

Art Tilley - Webmaster

On another note (to get back to the original posting) I have a scan of an "original" menu from A' O Re Burlone somewhere. I'll try to get it posted in the near future.

Snoopy.jpg

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I still have my menu after 43 years.

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Crashtest....

If you could get a good photo of your menu, looking straight on, and email it to me, I would be happy to add it to our website.

Here's my Email Address

Also, we would all be interested in hearing about your experience with the A' O Re Burlone. Fill us in with the details of your visit(s), your favorite dish(es) etc.

Thanks in advance.

Art Tilley
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I will do it.  Just give me some time because I will have to dismount it from the frame and such.

I don't have much to recall about A' O Re Burlone since I was only 9 years old when we lived in Gaeta.
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Received from "CrashTest" on 30 Oct 2012:

------- Original Message -------

From : CrashTest
Sent : 10/30/2012 7:01:39 PM
To : artillery@innernet.net
Subject : RE: Menu image

Art – Attached is the full frontal photo image of the menu you asked for. It’s a high resolution image and therefore very large in size. Let me know if your email systems strips the attachment due to its’ size. If so, I will resize it to make it smaller. Hope it will work for what you need.

It’s printed on very heavy stock paper but due to its’ age, it was like handling the Magna Carta.  Actual size is 24” x 18”. Notice the hand-written item towards the bottom. Must have been the daily special.

Thanks,
CrashTest

------- Reply Message -------

CrashTest,

Thanks for passing this along. That was quick work!

I'll be posting the picture on the website in the next few days, and I'll add the text of your email to
the Message Board as well.

Best Regards,

Art T. - Webmaster

PS: Pass on my greetings to your Dad.


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wow!! wasn't the helo called Snoopy?..
good times!


I was there for two years. 1970 1972. Husband at that time was attached to the USS SpringField CLG -7

I saw Snoopy land several times.
Always amazing!!!!

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