yes, that is a bust of the pope under plexi in the middle of a table in a family-style chain restaurant. taken on my cell phone on the way to the restroom.
as half italian-american, i don't know what to make of boca de buca's quasi-catholic shrine room. am i offended in some way by southern california's gaudy take on what it means to be italian, or am i amused at the kitschy near-heresy of it all?
in general, i find there are not as many italians around as i am used to. i thought everyone was catholic up until 5th grade. in new york, pizza joints looked like pizza joints. in la, they look like this:
Just imagine spinning that lazy susan around to get another spoonful of pasta. it's like a mini popemobile. *L