The stories contained in A Look Back by Dick Cami speak of the golden age of the 1960’s and ‘70’s. He was born in the Bronx, grandson of an Italian immigrant chef, who worked for best restaurants in New York City. Through his traditional Italian family, he developed a taste for love, food, and life. His musical interests came from his father, a renowned voice teacher, and his mother a gifted, classically opera soprano. Cami worked at a variety of jobs before a aptitude, opportunity and fate settled him in the restaurant business. After an initial stint as a record producer he was one of the founders of the original New York Peppermint Lounge, the first Rock & Roll nightclub and home of the Twist. Following that success, in December of 1961 he opened a second Peppermint Lounge in Miami Beach, FL. A short time later he opened Top of the Home, the fine dining rooftop restaurant with a partner, Chef Joe Ezbecki. There, in Hollywood, Florida, they hosted guests for 26 years. During that time, Cami also promoted concerts of classic rock and roll groups—legends like Tony Bennett, Englebert Humperdinck, Dean Martin, Julio Iglesias, and bouts between well-known boxers. Read about this and more within the pages of this book.
From the first story Cami grabs you by the collar and pulls you in as he guides you through a world that most of us have never encountered. This is the work of a master storyteller that you will have a hard time putting down.
Joseph Hacker, A Friend
It’s not Dr. Seuss, but it’s great. The only thing better than reading the book is meeting Dick Cami in person. When Dick told his stories at the Top it was wonderful. You wanted to bring in good friends to hear them and the food was good too. Take time to read this book. Those were great days. I re-lived them and you can too. Where are those places today? I have the best memories… and, think I still owe a bill there.
Shecky Greene, Comedian,
Character Actor, but Horse Bettor first
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