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Desperately Seeking Authenticity

Posted by Jim Botticelli  September 19, 2013 11:46 PM

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The Pleasant Cafe on Washington in Rozzy, proudly unchanged

The Pleasant Cafe has a rich history in Roslindale going back 87 years. Originally known as the Parkway Pizza House, the Pleasant Cafe was one of the first places in the area to serve pizza. It was built in 1926 as an Italian market and in 1934 it snagged a beer and wine license. Originally the bar was located in what is now the dining room side of the restaurant. In 1942, the Pleasant Cafe scored a full liquor license and the bar was brought to where it is now. A new front was added in 1949 and the well known neon sign was lit. In 1952, the building was enlarged for more seating. It remains virtually unchanged. (Thanks to ZoomInfo.com)


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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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