One of our favorite places in Welland, Ontario
Café (Cafe) Amalia is an Italian place which brings all the good memories to the old country back.
Italy became already in the fifties again a tourist destination not only for Europeans. As a student I had once a vacation job on a camp site and learned not only a little bit of the language but also about their culture and how the Italians celebrate events and socialize.
It did not take a long time and I became part of a local group of artists, business men and other citizens.
It was never boring - even when I could hardly understand a single word at the beginning. But with help of red wine, and local specialities it was always fun to learn.
I spent all the money which I earned and which I wanted to take back. I never felt sorry about that. It was an unforgettable life experience. I just made it back to the German border with my motor scooter. Then all my money was gone.
That is me with my Maico scooter in Germany
Sometimes I order my gelato with one of the real "taste improvers" how I call liqueur.
I gave Amalia some suggestions, such as which fruits, real whipping cream and with a special liqueur made with egg yolks etc.
However, talking to her and trying some samples of her home cooked food she convinced me that she certainly knows much more about southern Italian cooking than me.
Amalia and her family have many friends. I learned about Pat Pagano one of them. He is also Italian descent and besides being a musician he also loves fishing. Amalia's son - Aldo - has a fishing business.
In my slideshow which I prepared for Café Amalia I use music from Pat. For other projects I used music when he was still working together with his dad Mario who is retired now.
Just use some of the links listed below to get impressions.
Amalia and her husband Costantino or Pancho as most guests call him
You can see that people enjoy being at Amalia's. You must not sit alone one a table. It is like in Europe where you love to have company in places like this.
Just drop in an find out!
Costantino and Amalia have always a friendly word for you.
Tired of reading?
Watch our slide show:
Watch the video: An Italian party in Welland, Ontario, with Pat Pagano and his music at Café Amalia
Welland Dining, some impressions
Preserve memories of loved ones - for Lizzie and her mom with love