Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 03:01 pm
I was glancing at the home page of the San Francisco Chronicle and saw some link to a matter that amuses me. Francis Ford Coppola is sueing a small restaurant in Novato for trademark infringement for the use of the word tavola (italian for table).

Sometimes re the Chronicle and a few other newspaper sites, I find the comments as interesting or more interesting than the article that triggered them.
I'm still reading the comments (something like 300 so far). Coppola is not doing very well, re where opinions are falling.

Several plan to go to the offending restaurant, Tavola Italian Kitchen, and one person mentioned the menu, so I checked it out. I've driven by Novato on the freeway countless times, but have never been in the town. Now I wanna go to that restaurant.

Here's the article:

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/2012/04/09/restaurateur-being-sued-by-francis-ford-coppola-it-was-disappointing/?plckItemsPerPage=50&plckSort=TimeStampDescending

Here's the menu:
http://www.tavolaitaliankitchen.com/menus.php#

I suppose to be fair I should give the menu of Coppola's Rustic too.
(Some of us a2kers had a good time one day in 2004 at his place in North Beach). Back later on the link to Rustic.


Apropos of infringement, I had an acquaintance - a guy who owned a Westwood hair salon, Tony Sassoon, who cut my hair once or twice, and later was my husband's barber - be sued by Vidal Sassoon for the use of his name, the place in Westwood called, I think, Sassoon's. In memory, Tony lost.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 05:16 pm
Francis Ford Coppola's website for his place in Geyserville -
http://www.franciscoppolawinery.com/visit/dine/rustic
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 05:30 pm
I understand Coppola is planning to sue the entire country of Italy and every compiler of Italian dictionaries. Henceforth no Italian will be able to state that he or she sat at a tavola to eat a meal. The word will not appear in a dictionary anymore, since he claims he owns the copyright. Henceforth Italians will only be allowed to eat meals at mensas, from the Latin for "table".
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 06:38 pm
@MontereyJack,
Ah, memories - the al fresco meal scene in Down and Dirty by Ettore Scola -

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/down_and_dirty/
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Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 07:09 pm
@MontereyJack,
Ha! I hope California has one of those rules that the person who files the frivolous lawsuit and loses has to pay the other side's legal bills, too!
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 07:13 pm
@Irishk,
Important in this case as the guy who is being sued is just getting along, according to the article.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 07:20 pm
@Irishk,
That NPR Italian cook lady (insert her name here), aways ends her show witrh "tutti a Tavola" doesnt she?? Hey Frankie, go after NPR, make em bleed you little prick.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 07:24 pm
@farmerman,
Lidia Bastianich..

(Joe's mama)
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 08:53 pm
@ossobuco,
Interesting article, osso.

What I don't understand is that Coppola who has a million dollar winery and adjacent restaurant named "Rustic" could feel threatened by a small Italian place named "Tavola Italian Kitchen".... I mean they should be honored that Coppola feels threatened by them.

It's like Neiman Marcus suing JCPenny for using the word "magnificent" in their ads. Would a Neiman Marcus ever feel threatened by a JCPenny shopper? I think not!

That old fart is getting grouchy in his old days!
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 09:15 pm
@CalamityJane,
It's odd to me. I'm still reading the Chronicle comments off and on, lots of anger at Coppola, reasonable anger in my view. Some seem to know him and don't like him, but I don't take that as a gauge.. (I don't like the new place in Italy either - a small hotel in wheresits, Basilicata, I think. Garish refurbishing by Coppola et al of an old building, she says, but that's neither here nor there re this current episode.)

My/our gallery had an italian word as the name. Sob, no one ever sued us for that! We also did the site design for a wine lovers type 'hotel/bed and breakfast' in Geyserville, got it through the planning folks, but far as I know it was never built. Well, at least we won't get sued for people tripping after drinking bad wine (people seem not to like the Coppola wines).

The good news is that because of the Novato restaurant's menu, I've looked up how to make italian lentil soup.

Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 09:21 pm
@ossobuco,
Maybe this will end well for the restaurant. They might win and will have gotten lots of free publicity lol.

Have you ever tried Coppola's wine? Is it any good?

(I hate to have to boycott something I've never tried lol)
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 09:29 pm
@Irishk,
Snot that I sound most of the time, I'm no taste connoisseur, I just like to talk about food, etc. I think I've had a glass of Coppola red once, and didn't hate it or love it. So it goes.

The a2k thing in San Francisco back in 2004 was a lot of fun, went on, off and on, for days. I think the timing was that some of us went to a photography art gallery, then most of us went to the Coppola restaurant in the wedge building (I forget what it's called) in North Beach, then we trouped up to check out City Lights book store. . .

will be back with a photo if I can snag it.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 10 Apr, 2012 10:01 pm
@ossobuco,
At the Coppola place -

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v722/ossobuco/sf341.jpg

On the left, that's JJorge, our site poet extraordinaire, with PDiddie and his wife next to him, then Cicerone Imposter's wife and across from her, CI himself. On the right, that's Dys with the hat and Diane smiling next to him. Blatham and Lola not there yet.

Next door to City Lights - left to right, Blatham, Lola, Dys, Diane.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v722/ossobuco/friendsnearcitylights342.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 11 Apr, 2012 09:03 am
Here's a link to Rustic restaurant's point of view -
http://www.winebusiness.com/blog/?go=getBlogEntry&dataid=99360
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Irishk
 
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Reply Wed 11 Apr, 2012 11:25 am
@ossobuco,
Great photos. It's always fun to get together with friends over good food and adult beverages Smile

(Regarding the link in your last post, it appears they're trying to take some of the heat from Mr. Coppola by blaming it on his business/legal team). Ha!
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