Letters to the Editor: There’s no cannoli worth getting COVID-19

A billboard with white letters and a black background reads "Leave the mask, take the cannoli," and "Basilico's pasta e vino"
A billboard that is a nod to the film “The Godfather” along La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, advertising the restaurant Basilico’s Pasta e Vino in October 2020.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

To the editor: When reading Hannah Fry’s article on the Huntington Beach restaurant that is encouraging its diners to be unvaccinated and to not wear masks, I had to laugh. When I saw Basilico’s slogan: “Leave the mask, take the cannoli” with its obvious reference to “The Godfather” movies, I wondered if the owner, Tony Roman, knows that the cannoli are what killed Eli Wallach’s character in “The Godfather: Part III”? Better to keep the mask and leave the cannoli.

Mashey Bernstein, Santa Barbara


To the editor: As I read the article on the Orange County restaurant whose owner flouts mask and vaccination guidelines, I wondered if he also feels that obtaining a business license and health permit and following regulations to prevent food-borne illnesses, such as safe food handling/storage and maintenance of kitchen equipment cleanliness, utensil sanitizing and employee health and hygiene, are also examples of “treasonous, anti-American stupidity” and limit “American liberty and freedom.” Just something for the restaurant’s patrons to consider when ordering the cannoli.


John Garofano, Los Angeles