That’s Italian

Postcard of Caruso's in Canandaigua
Postcard of Caruso’s in Canandaigua
Interior of Caruso's in Canandaigua
Interior of Caruso’s in Canandaigua

Surely Rochester has more Italian restaurants per capita than any other city. At least it always seemed that way. The Refrigerator, the website not the broadsheet, had a section called “That’s Italian.” We, the editors, mostly me, would post reviews of local Italian restaurants and readers would send in their reviews, sometimes anonymously. We took the site down years ago but I kept the content and posted it under “Features” in the nav bar.

Me, on the left, before Junior Prom 1966
Me, on the left, before Junior Prom 1966

The only Italian food we had growing up was Chef Boyardee. My father would pronounce the word Italian will a long “I” (like eye-talian.) I had Italian friends though and quickly developed a taste. Caruso’s Restaurant on Canandaigua was the first Italian restaurant I remember eating at. In high school my girlfriend’s older brother (center above) drove us to Caruso’s on Canandaigua Lake for dinner before the prom. I think the main attraction was their reputation for not asking for id but the place felt exotic to me. We ordered Chianti and lasagna.

Peggi’s birthday is Thursday and we’re planning on having dinner at Lucano’s, a long time favorite Italian restaurant. There should be a review of it in “That’s Italian.”

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  1. Is Nick Seabreeze’s Italian?. I have to confess having a birthday there was not the highpoint of my life. (Was visited by Pastor Tim and wife however, so not complaining. Also, I enjoyed the big rounded bar. In school we used go to Oggies in the East 60s, Manhattan. They played bocce ball there, and served slabs of pounded chicken and eggplant Parmigiana. I know too many Mafioso types to visit now, but it was magic. 😉

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