The First Restaurateur

This was my grandfather’s restaurant located at 5-7 North Broadway, Yonkers N.Y.. Not too far from Getty Square, which at the time, was the busiest part of the city. The photo was taken sometime in the 1930’s before the depression.

Enrico Di Sciullo is in the front row, second from the left.

Check out the prices on the menu !

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – Thirty Five Cents

A Prosciutto Appetizer – Thirty Cents

Sirloin Steak – Sixty Five Cents

Lobster a la Fra Diavolo – One Dollar and Twenty Five Cents. I’ll take two to go too!

Tastes have changed too. I don’t think I have ever seen Fresh Clam Broth or Spaghetti with Chicken Livers and Mushrooms on any Italian Menu.

But if Enrico put it on the menu, you know it was delicious.

I was lucky enough to eat his cooking when I was a kid. Fabulous tomato sauce. Fabulous everything!

(Actually, I was double lucky, my Dad’s mom, Florence, should have had a restaurant too! She was an out standing cook and baker.)

I often think about the lunches he would prepare when my brother Dan and I went to visit. Grandpa would usual serve us cube steak sandwiches. Just lightly floured, sauteed in olive oil then sprinkled with salt and pepper.
Nothing fancy but they were out of this world.

When you have perfected your technique, even the simplest dishes become master pieces.

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