Italian restaurants have been thriving for so long in New York City, it seems strange to imagine a time when there were none.
That was just before Enrico & Paglieri opened on West 11th Street off Sixth Avenue.
“Countless people’s first Italian table d’hote meal was had here at this proudly immaculate place which, going and growing since 1908, now takes the underparts of three brownstone houses,” states 1948 restaurant guide Knife and Fork in New York.
“A la carte scope is broad and luxurious, taking in all the traditions and offering many specialties of the house, such as pate de foie gras, made on the premises, containing sherry and brandy, straciatella soup, (chicken stock, yolk of eggs, rice), risotto Piemontese (fried in broth with chopped squash, green peas, truffles).”
Enrico & Paglieri closed up shop sometime in the 1970s. Can you still get a full Italian Sunday dinner at a restaurant in New York City at 1 p.m., as listed in the guidebook?