A place of fond memories for many generations, L & B Spumoni Gardens is, like all great things in this country, the story of an immigrant, real estate, and family. Ludovico Barbati, who came from Torella Di Lombardi, Italy, in 1917, started selling spumoni and pizza from a horse and wagon on the streets of Brooklyn. In 1939, he bought a vacant property on 86th Street, and things took off from there, as a small shanty and some tables turned into an expanse of buildings. Famed for its ices, sauces, and Sicilian pies, L & B Spumoni Gardens, which is run by Ludovico’s descendants, continue to deliver. (2725 86th St., Brooklyn, NY. 718-449 1230.)
Signed fine art Giclee prints on museum-quality, one-quarter-cotton 280 gsm paper with archival inks are available in two sizes:
5 x 7 for $55 (email me about this size)
9 x 12 for $95
Editions are strictly limited to 365 copies, and each annotated print is a beautiful reminder that our days are numbered.