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A Stop At Mario’s

Mario’s can seem like a place from another era.

With its brontosaurus-size steaks and overflowing pitchers of martinis, it evokes a “Mad Men” vibe.

Even the place mats offer a chance to travel back in time.

The other day, an alert Mario’s place mat reader noticed a Cohen’s Fashion Optical ad for Dr. Susan Westrup. Yet the eye doctor hasn’t been there since the store changed hands a while ago.

There was also an ad for S.Z. Manufacturing. That elicited fond memories of Yekutiel “Kuti” Zeevi, who owned what had become Y.Z. Jewelry Manufacturing when he was killed last December, in a robbery.

And more:  The warm welcome from the owners told diners, “should you find anything less than perfect, please tell Frank or Mario — one or the other is sure to be on hand.”

Unfortunately, no. Mario Sacco died in July 2009.

The alert reader asked what was up with all the retro stuff.

She was told that someone had found a few boxes of old place mats, and decided to use them up.

Maybe they thought no one actually read the place mats. Or perhaps service was slower than usual than night.

And about the headline on this story: Mario’s is, of course, located directly opposite the train station.

A stop at Willoughby? Westport? Mario's?

One of the most famous “Twilight Zone” episodes of all — “A Stop at Willoughby” — involves a harried 1960’s ad executive whose train ride home to Westport keeps stopping in a bucolic town called Willoughby. In the year 1888.

Like the train station at Westport/Willoughby, Mario’s has transported us all back in time.

Remembering Mario Sacco

Marios Place Westport CTMario Sacco, who 4 decades ago founded Mario’s Place with Frank DeMace, has died.

A posting on the Facebook group “Mario’s Place Was/Is The Best Place to Work and Eat!!!” announced his death, while on a trip to Mississippi with his wife.  His body has been cremated.  No further details were available.

While nearly every other Westport restaurant has come and gone — many times over — Mario’s was a model of consistency.  The menu seldom changed; the drinks and decor were always the same — and that comfortable atmosphere made it a Westport landmark.  For 40 years Mario’s has been the go-to place for Westport commuters, families, and folks celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and promotions (or commiserating over job losses and divorces).

Mario is gone.  But his name will live on — above the door, and in our town’s memory — for decades to come.