Huntington Beach Restaurant Channels 'The Godfather' on Anti-Mask Billboard


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An Italian restaurant in California is channeling "The Godfather" to express its opposition to wearing protective masks...

A billboard for Basilico's Pasta e Vino in Huntington Beach, designed to look like a movie poster for the classic 1972 film, reads, "Leave the mask, take the cannoli." The statement paraphrases the "Godfather" line, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli."

The billboard, which appeared Tuesday, comes a month after Basilico's began selling t-shirts emblazoned with the same message.

“So to be clear, if you enter the restaurant for dine in, and want to wear a mask, you must remove it when sitting down," the restaurant posted on social media back in June. "If you are standing around inside and waiting for a table, or waiting inside to pick up food for yourself or as a third party delivery driver, and you are wearing a mask, you will be asked to wait outside.”

The Mercury News reached out to Basilico's owner Tony Roman for a statement, to which he responded, "a statement is forthcoming."

Check out more details on The Mercury News.

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