Food and Culinary Arts Playlist

Didn’t Even Know She’s Italian

singing meatballs

Did you hear that Lady Gaga and her parents are opening an Italian restaurant in New York City?  Don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty cool.  The restaurant is called Joanne’s Trattoria and is described as a family Italian restaurant.  Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the restaurant is named for Lady Gaga’s aunt who died at age 19 of Lupus.  Lady Gaga claims her aunt is her artistic inspiration.  To learn more about the restaurant go to

In honor of Lady Gaga’s new Italian restaurant, today’s song selection is Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel.  Besides having a food connection, this song also addresses relationship issues.  I think this is a particularly good song, but then I’m a huge Billy Joel fan, so I may be prejudiced.  Hope you enjoy it!  Note:  At the end of the song, the video continues as BJ introduces the band individually.  Just giving you a heads up.

What do you think happened to Brenda and Eddie’s relationship?

A bottle of white, a bottle of red
Perhaps a bottle of rose instead
We’ll get a table near the street
In our old familiar place
You and I,face to face

A bottle of red, a bottle of white
It all depends upon your appetite
I’ll meet you any time you want
In our Italian Restaurant.

Things are okay with me these days
Got a good job, got a good office
Got a new wife, got a new life
And the family’s fine
We lost touch long ago
You lost weight I did not know
You could ever look so good after
So much time.

I remember those days hanging out
At the village green
Engineer boots, leather jackets
And tight blue jeans
Drop a dime in the box play the
Song about New Orleans
Cold beer, hot lights
My sweet romantic teenage nights

Brenda and Eddie were the
Popular steadies
And the king and the queen
Of the prom
Riding around with the car top
Down and the radio on.
Nobody looked any finer
Or was more of a hit at the
Parkway Diner
We never knew we could want more
Than that out of life
Surely Brenda and Eddie would
Always know how to survive.

Brenda and Eddy were still going
Steady in the summer of ’75
when they decided the marriage would
Be at the end of July
Everyone said they were crazy
"Brenda you know you’re much too lazy
Eddie could never afford to live that
Kind of life."
But there we were wavin’ Brenda and
Eddie goodbye.

They got an apartment with deep
Pile carpet
And a couple of paintings from Sears
A big waterbed that they bought
With the bread
They had saved for a couple
Of years
They started to fight when the
Money got tight
And they just didn’t count on
The tears.

They lived for a while in a
Very nice style
But it’s always the same in the end
They got a divorce as a matter
Of course
And they parted the closest
Of friends
Then the king and the queen went
Back to the green
But you can never go back
There again.

Brenda and Eddie had had it
Already by the summer of ’75
From the high to the low to
The end of the show
For the rest of their lives
They couldn’t go back to
The greasers
The best they could do was
Pick up the pieces
We always knew they would both
Find a way to get by
That’s all I heard about

Brenda and Eddie
Can’t tell you more than I
Told you already
And here we are wavin’ Brenda
And Eddie goodbye.

A bottle of red, a bottle of white
Whatever kind of mood you’re in tonight
I’ll meet you anytime you want
In our Italian Restaurant.

This begins the beginning of the second month of the FACS Soundtrack Project.  How are we doing so far?  I’d love to hear from you.  Happy February!