301 Georgia Street 
Vallejo CA 94590

Open daily from 11 am until 10 pm.

Gracie is late to the party! 

Bambino’s, Vallejo opened in late 2019, made it through the worst of the pandemic and is going strong. The pizza is great—and very popular.  Try Bambino’s Favorite, fresh veggies and lots of meat. Diners also rave about the Chipotle Fiesta with chicken, bacon, jalapeño and onions. Gracie’s favorite is Bambino’s Zorba, with salami, pepperoni, black olives, tomato, fresh cheese and onions.  Multiple toppings are available along with your preference of normal, thin or thick crust.  Another winner is the Lasagna Classic—why mess with a good thing?  The Bambino’s Spring Salad is also delicious, with apples, cranberries, walnuts and blue cheese. And, don’t miss the fettuccini Jambalaya—those prawns! Fresh bread sticks arrive at your table by magic. Grazie!

Bambino’s is family owned with another location in Concord. 

The interior is spacious with a music stage, full bar seating and cocktails.  The wine list is continuously improving and they offer 23 selections of beer.

Most servers have been there since the start and really care about your enjoyment. Very friendly and willing to help with suggestions.

Try the Second Sunday Jazz Brunch, or check out the live music from local bands on weekends. Happy Hour is happening Monday – Friday from 4 – 6 pm with great prices on drinks and appetizers.  Perfect for brunch on Saturdays during the downtown Farmer’s Market.

Street and private lot parking. Outdoor seating available.  Buono!  Enjoy.


1990  PG-13
1h 50m
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directed by Richard Benjamin
Streaming on HBOMax, Hulu, Prime, Apple TV

Fifteen year old Charlotte Flax (Winona Ryder) is going through adolescence, tired of her wacky mom Rachel Flax (Cher) and her wacky ways. 

Mermaids is a coming of age tale—for all ages.  Mrs. Flax relocates herself and her two daughters after each break up, moving 18 times in 15 years.  Traditional dinners are “too much of a commitment,” so every meal consists of hors d’oeuvres, even breakfast.  Charlotte was born when Rachel was just 16, and now they are both searching for themselves. Mom’s mantra is, “Death is dwelling on the past and staying in one place too long.”

Narrated by Charlotte, we follow her through the cringeworthy adventures of sexual awakening while discovering herself.  She’s obsessed with Catholicism but is reminded frequently by her mother, “Charlotte, we’re Jewish!”

Rachel finds a kind, funny man in shoe salesman Lou (Bob Hoskins, nominated for an Oscar) when they settle once more in Eastport, Massachusetts. 

Rachel tells Charlotte, “I know you want to be a nun, and you’re planning a celibate life, but with half my chromosomes, that’ll be tough.” Despite herself, Rachel runs into a bit of her own broken-heartedness along the way. Younger sister Kate is sweet and funny and prefers to spend all her time in water—if only she could just surround herself with fish!

This nostalgic movie is set in the 1960s, with terrific music, wonderful cars and old TVs. It’s fun and funny. Happy and real. We found lots of movie magic in this one. Give yourself a hug.

Movie Magic rates Mermaids 4 out of 5 Moons.

Mermaids movie poster