I would like to tell you a little bit about our history.
I am the youngest of four children. We grew up in a suburb of Long Island, New York, to Italian parents Connie (Cungie) and Carmine DeFalco, or Frank, as Dad likes to be called. Cungie's family was from Sicily, and Frank's family came from Nola, Italy. Both families settled in New York City in the early 1900's after having come to America.
With both grandfathers, as well as my father, in the butcher business, I have fond memories of hanging meats, salamis, cheeses, and sawdust on the floor. Our life always revolved around the dinner table. The aroma of garlic, onions, and fresh tomato sauce filled our home daily.
Every meal was a special event, consisting of antipasto, bread, meat, pasta, and a vegetable. When we finished all of the above, and I do mean ALL, Mom would then let us have dessert as the smell of freshly brewed coffee filled the air. We weren't allowed to leave the dinner table unless our plate was empty. Needless to say, none of us were ever what you would call skinny! ( Our labrador, Pal, also ate great as four kids would sneek him their leftovers under the table.)
I have always been inspired by my wonderful Italian parents and the example they set for us. My father worked very hard to provide for his family, while my mother worked just as hard staying home to take care of us. I loved to watch her cook in the kitchen. Everything was made from scratch and took hours and hours to prepare.
Holidays were always a blend of Italian food and traditional American custom. Thanksgiving consisted of meatballs and lasagne at noon, turkey and all the trimmings at four. Christmas was a two day feast, with a menu too long to fit on one page. Any occasion was a special event. Cungie once travelled 2,000 miles with a pan of frozen lasagne to my brother Frank who was away at college missing his mother's pasta!
I have taken on my mother's love of cooking. It has brought joy to so many over the years, therefore, we want to share it with others. Our restaurant, Annie's Gourmet Italian , was founded in 2009 as a tribute to all those memories around our dinner table. You can call it your home away from home, a family run local place with a familiar face.
We offer our family's Italian specialties, for casual dine in, take out, or catering. You can stop by , have a glass of DeFalco vino (yes, family name imported from Naples) watch a game in the bar, enjoy a nice homecooked meal, and or take home dinner. You can also bring in your entire family, including the dog, and dine outside in Ookie's Garden. Grandma has been making homecooked pet meatballs and chickenballs for our furry friends for years. La Famiglia means the entire family to us!
Our restaurant, bar, and private patio can accomodate groups for special events of any nature. We would be happy to help you plan your next family gathering, be it a birthday, anniversary, communion, graduation, or small wedding. Italians celebrate every occasion. If it is special to you, it is special to us ! "La Vita e Bella!" Thank you for taking the time to read about us. We look foward to meeting many new friends. Sempre familiglia!!!