My grandparents came to New York around
the turn of the century.
My grandmother was a seamstress and my grandfather was a chef.
In 1908, my grandfather and granduncle established Enrico
& Paglieri Italian restaurant, at 64 West 11th Street
in Greenwich Village. It remained in business for over 50
years, with many very famous patrons from all walks of life
(i.e., politics, theater, etc.)
of their cooks came from Italy. One of the chefs my granduncle
brought to this country was a man named Boyardee, who later
had some extremely radical ideas about putting pasta in a