A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 12, 2004
"Manicotti" (an Italian dish) was first popularized in New York.

From the New York Herald Tribune, "Dining Around New York" by Clementine Paddleford, 21 April 1962, pg. 9, col. 5:

_Friendly "Famous Kitchen"_
The restaurant, 318 West 45th Street, is virtually under the wing of the Martin Beck Theater. (...) Famous Kitchen has been right there cooking it's (sic) best since 1937.
(Col. 7--ed.)
Other pastas: noodles, ravioli, spaghetti, manicotti. The manicotti is served also as an entree, $3.85. This is the chef's great specialty consisting of chopped beef, chicken, prosciutto, parmigiana cheese and eggs rolled in Crepe Suzette dough, then to bake. It is served with a thick meat sauce.

A good many years ago, when Tyrone Power had stayed a while in Italy he had come "home" to Famous Kitchen requesting the manicotti he had enjoyed abroad. The chef knew from his description just what he wanted. He made up a dozen orders and others who tasted were delighted. From then on the dish was included on the menu.

(The date for this should be between 1937-1947. Power died in 1958--ed.)

Where to Eat in New York
with drawings by Bill Pause
by Robert W. Dana (of the NEW YORK WORLD-TELEGRAM--ed.)
New York: Current Books

Pg. 57: ...manicotti casalinga (home style)...

Posted by Barry Popik
Food/Drink • (0) Comments • Friday, November 12, 2004 • Permalink