There is no real answer to the question, What would an Italian restaurant be without a pink flamingo at Christmas time?
Because, Otto Tomotto’s Good Italian restaurant already has that one answered, with about 30 plastic pink flamingos of various sizes decked out for the Christmas holidays — including many sporting red Santa hats while others show off fancy plaid scarves.
The dazzling array of pink, with a few sparkles of blue, white, yellow and green lights, brightens the night just outside the restaurant in Phoenix Mills Plaza on Route 96.
They’re different, customer Linda LeClaire of Canandaigua said.
“I like the colors,” she said.
And let’s not forget the two giraffes— which have two baby flamingos hitching a ride on their backs — just because Jim Archetko likes them.
“Pink flamingos have traditionally been seen in the front yards summertime in a lot of Italian-American homes,” Archetko said. “For what reason, I don’t know.”
Googling pink flamingos brings up some interesting finds. There is the John Waters movie, which apparently viewers either love or hate. Wikipedia puts the pink flamingo lawn ornament right up there in popularity with the garden gnome. “An icon of pop culture,” the online encyclopedia calls it.