I have gotten a number of e-mails, and several phone calls, chastising me for having so badly neglected my blog since the closing of Mantia's.
I plead totally guilty as charged, and promise to try to make it up to you. In case you aren't familiar with my latest life events, here's a quick summary: I closed Mantia's after 12 great years at the end of November, 2008. I needed to be out by December 31, but in the middle of December my mother passed away and I was gone for a week. So I locked the doors at Mantia's for the last time on January 7 and showed up at Lucchesi's at 8:00 the next morning. If you aren't familiar with Lucchesi's, you can find the website here.
If that wasn't a big enough life change, my gentleman friend Tom Price, is now my fiancé. Yes, he popped the question on a carousel in Central Park, NYC. So I'm also working on planning an October wedding.
I promise that I'll get back in the groove!