A la Carte: Casa Mia - Martinis and Music

A hit with the Casa Mia crowd

For love came just in time

you’ve found me just in time

and changed my lonely nights ...

“Just in Time” by Jules Styne

It was boy’s night out (and dames too) enjoying Martinis and Music on Friday and Saturday evening at the Casa mia Italian Steakhouse. The nostalgic weekend event featured Tommy T, vocalizing a reprise of Rat Pack tunes, beginning at 7 p.m. both nights.

Swinging along, the party pack also included a movie-themed menu of eleven martinis with titles like Old Blue Eyes, Casa Blanca, and not coincidentally, a martini named after the seminal Rat Pack movie “Ocean’s Eleven.” Owner Maria Brock confided, “Ocean’s Eleven martinis include our secret recipe of eleven fruity ingredients, making it one refreshing drink.

“Tonight’s theme is showcasing Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack with infamous tunes popularized by Sammy, Frank and Dean and sung by Tommy T who performs here every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. During the week we have summer specials like “Buy one, get half off Monday and Tuesday and happy hour daily from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Our theme nights offer our guests something different, and recently we had a Patsy Cline show with Jeanne T, and next month we’ll be having a Go-Go and Groovy theme event. Reggie, who was our regular entertainer during season, will be coming back for a special visit in August for a ’50s and ’60s theme weekend of entertainment here at the Casa mia,” Brock said.

Casa mia Italian Steakhouse’s warm and friendly ambiance and gourmet menu make it a popular place for special celebrations said Carol Senica who was sitting at the bar with her husband Carl on Saturday talking with Maria and Tony Brock.

“Maria and Tony (Brock) are dear friends and we come here often for dinner. We’re originally from New Jersey and moved to Marco Island in 1991. Tonight we’re here celebrating my husband Carl’s birthday,” she stated, adding that the couple were also long-time fans of Tommy T.

“I’m going to start with ‘Just in Time’ composed by Jule Styne,” Tommy T announced at the beginning of his first set and segued into “It’s Magic” without missing a beat, and continuing with a medley of songs dear to the hearts of the Pack Rat generation, many of whom were apparently in the audience Saturday as evidenced by the temporary lull in conversational hum when diners seemed to be listening rather than eating.

“I’m a Bronx boy, but we move to Huntington, that’s on the North Shore of Long Island,” announced Tommy T, in a delightful, gravelly tenor timbre that also characterized his singing voice.

“My name is really Thomas Tramazzo and I’m a retired Wall Street trader — used to be in institutional sales with Charles Schwab. In ’82 my friends were coaxing me to come to Marco, and in 1995 I made the move and built a home here and commuted before I retired in ’99 and became a full time resident and a member of Italian-American Society of Marco. I’ve performed in several venues, the Old Marco Lodge and the Island Country Club and private parties, to name a few. I’ll be appearing at Casa mia on Friday and Saturday evenings for the summer – who knows — maybe in season.”

The restaurant, located at 155 First Ave., Marco Island, is open seven days a week, serving dinner from 4 p.m. to closing: For reservations call 642-5253.

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