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Eating Out - June 28, 2013

Shop Talk

BABBO'S GOES DARK ... The venerable Babbo's Restaurant, a fixture for 24 years at the Stanford Shopping Center, closed last month. "Things changed. It was time to leave. So we had to close Babbo's with a heavy heart," said Paulette Fono, who owned the restaurant with her husband, Laszlo. Running the European-style restaurant was a labor of love for the Hungarian-born couple. "It was my life, my passion," Fono said of the 50-seat restaurant. "At one time, we were operating four restaurants in the mall." In addition to owning Babbo's, the couple also ran Bravo Fono, Cafe Andrea and Madame Paulette, all popular eateries in the 1980s at Stanford. Babbo's was known for such dishes as hand-made tortellini, lamb shank with polenta, and bread pudding with creme anglais and brioche. It was the Fonos' last restaurant. "It was a privilege to serve our customers," Fono said.

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Send tips to shoptalk@paweekly.com. Online editor Eric Van Susteren contributed to this report.

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