Classic Italian Recipes from a New York City Landmark Restaurant
By Salvatore Scognamillo
(Clarkson Potter, Hardcover, 9780609609545, 224pp.)
Publication Date: June 4, 2002
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From the Restaurant That Frank Sinatra Made Famous
Of the thousands of restaurants in New York City, very few withstand the tests of time—and only one can lay claim to being Frank Sinatra’s favorite. And where Frank went, his friends followed—from close pals such as Tony Bennett and fellow Rat Packers Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. to the show-biz colleagues they brought in.
Established nearly sixty years ago, Patsy’s has long been a celebrity favorite and a New York institution. Why? Great food, family friendliness, and a welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel like you’ve come home. And the fare is the classic southern Italian cuisine that’s become America’s comfort food: Mussels Arreganata, Fettuccine Alfredo, Rigatoni Sorrentino, Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Marsala, Shrimp Scampi, Tiramisù . . . a greatest hits of Neapolitan-influenced dishes.
And Patsy’s Cookbook provides more than recipes: also in the mix are anecdotes from family and friends, including the occasion when Pablo Picasso tried to give Patsy a painting; the time that the restaurant opened on Thanksgiving Day just for Frank Sinatra; Aunt Anna’s rather unorthodox autograph request of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs; and the story of the roast suckling pig delivered to Jackie Gleason’s hotel suite.
Here is a remarkable collection of 100 perfectly executed, delicious recipes, heartwarming stories of a successful family business, and entertaining celebrity tales, capturing the full experience of a New York City institution. Patsy’s Cookbook is an invitation to join the extended family that’s proud to call Patsy’s their second home.
Sal J. Scognamillo is a co-owner of and third-generation executive chef at Patsy’s, which was founded in 1944 by his grandfather Pasquale (shortened to Patsy at Ellis Island in 1923). Patsy’s is located at 236 West 56th Street in New York City and is known nationwide for their line of award-winning sauces.
“Patsy’s is more than a restaurant. To me, it’s a touchstone.”—Nancy Sinatra
“Patsy’s is the old New York, the best New York, and a throwback to my mother’s Italian feasts from yesterday.”—Regis Philbin
“I’ve been going to Patsy’s for more than fifty years, many times with my friend Frank Sinatra.”—Tony Bennett
“Patsy’s is the restaurant I go to the moment I arrive in New York. I feel as though I have family there.”—Rosemary Clooney
“Patsy’s has become my home for dinner. I have never felt more welcome or comfortable anywhere.”—Rush Limbaugh
“I enjoy both the southern Italian home cooking and the warm welcome that greets me.”—Gregory Peck
“It’s still our favorite New York restaurant. Whenever the Stiller family gets together to celebrate, we go ‘home’ to Patsy’s.”—Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara
“You always meet interesting people at Patsy’s . . . I once met a Godfather there.”—Florence Henderson
“Eating at Patsy’s is not just a dinner, but a great experience of friendship and food.”—Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
“If I lived in New York, I’d be at Patsy’s two or three times a week.”—Debbie Reynolds
“Everybody goes to Patsy’s. ”—Michael Feinstein