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Patsy’s Classic Italian Restaurant NYC CELEBRATING 75 YEARS

Posted by Mike Cutino on June 26, 2019  |   No Comments »


Patsy’s, the original, family owned and operated Italian restaurant at its only location on 236 West 56th Street on Manhattan’s West Side, has been a legendary dining destination in New York’s Theatre District since 1944, when it was founded by Pasquale “Patsy” Scognamillo.  In its 75 years of existence, Patsy’s has had only three chefs, the late Patsy himself, his son Joe Scognamillo, who has been at the establishment since the age of seven, and Joe’s son Sal Scognamillo, who has been manning the kitchen for over 30 years.

Patsy’s attracts a varied clientele including an extremely loyal following of regular patrons, Italian food aficionados, tourists and celebrities. They enjoy the restaurant’s remarkable signature dishes including succulent Veal Chops Siciliano, spicy Lobster Fra Diavolo, tender Chicken Contadina, and savory Calamari stuffed with seafood. Spectacular seafood such as Striped Bass Marechiare, Lobster Arreganta and Shrimp Scampi are always requested, as are meat favorites like Sirloin Steak Pizzaiola with Peppers and Mushrooms, Stuffed Veal Chop Marsala, and Chicken Liver Cacciatora.  Patsy’s, of course, serves some of the finest in the city including Linguine Puttanesca, Penne Alla Vodka, Tortellini Bolognese, Spaghetti or Whole wheat Pasta Marinara and Cannelloni with Meat Sauce.

Patsy’s has been known for years as Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurant and, in fact, his family still enjoys dining at Patsy’s whenever they are in town.  In addition to Sinatra and family, Patsy’s has become a favorite with countless stars on both the east and west coast who have come to regard Patsy’s as a mecca of Italian fine dining.

Some of Patsy’s high profile patrons include Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Madonna, George Clooney, Sean “Diddy” Combs, David Letterman, Oprah Winfrey, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Lopez, Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett, Robert DeNiro, Michael Buble, Don Rickles, Josh Groban, Jacklyn Smith, Phyllis George, Calvin Klein, Jerry Seinfeld, James Gandolfini, Christie Brinkley, Jon Bon Jovi, Liza Minelli, Chris Noth, Tony Danza, Farrah Fawcett, Kate Hudson, Chevy Chase, Cheryl Ladd, and Patty LaBelle, to name several. 

Unique to Patsy’s Italian Restaurant is their online store to enjoy their fabulous products at home and their Classic Italian Recipes from a New York City Landmark book with Forward by Nancy Sinatra. 

Sal Scognamillo, Chef and Owner

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant NYC is located at 236 W 56thStreet, NYC. Reservations are requested 212-247-3491

Visit them online at
Facebook at PatsysItalianRestaurant
Instagram @PatsysItalianRestaurant and Twitter @PatsysItalRest.

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“Learning, Laughter and Luxury: A Lakeside Retreat”

Posted by Mike Cutino on June 24, 2019  |   No Comments »

By Ron Kapon

When I signed up for the North American Travel Journalist Conference in Syracuse I was offered choices of pre or post tours. I chose the 3-day Chautauqua County tour called, “Learning, Laughter, and Luxury: A Lakeside Retreat.” Megan Arnone picked up our 5 person group (I was the only male member) in a van with room for our luggage. The other 4 members of our group had flights home from the Buffalo/Niagara airport. I was staying at an airport hotel overnight so I could experience an afternoon in Buffalo.

It was an almost 3-hour drive northwest to our first stop, Liberty Vineyards, where we had a boxed lunch outside in the gazebo and a wine tasting conducted by Monica L. Mazur, Executive Director of Lake Erie Wine  Country.

‘We had a private tour of Dunkirk Lighthouse, conducted by 2 wonderful high school age volunteers who live nearby. I chose not to climb the spiral stairs to the top. The lighthouse was established in 1827 and the present lighthouse was built in 1875 and is still in active use. Next door we toured the Veterans Park Museum filled with Lake Erie nautical and US veterans displays.

Our second winery visit was at 21 Brix Winery. It was a Saturday afternoon and the tasting room was filled people attending an annual trail-wide event called Charming Wine Weekend, where ticket holders are encouraged to visit all 23 Lake Erie Wine Country wineries over the course of three days.

We finished our afternoon of wine tastings at Johnson Estate Winery. While the rest of the group toured the vineyards, I rested and had the opportunity to taste their fruit, mulled and even their ice wine. They are the oldest estate winery in NY (1961).

Around 6 PM we checked into our home for 2 nights- Chautauqua Harbor Hotel located on Lake Chautauqua. I loved this hotel and want to return. My balcony overlooked the outdoor pool and the lake. After a tour of the hotel, including a history lesson and the fact that an amusement park was on this site many years ago, we had a leisurely dinner in the bar area. Huge portions and great service.

After breakfast on our own, we left for a short drive to the Chautauqua Institution. I had heard about this organization but after our guided tour (not walking) I want to return during their nine-week summer season. All accommodations are privately owned except for the Athenaeum Hotel & Ballinger Hall dormitories. The Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre educational center beside Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during the summer season, and a total of over 100,000 attend scheduled public events. Over 8,000 students enroll annually in the Chautauqua Summer Schools, which offer courses in art, music, dance, theater, writing skills and a wide variety of special interests. The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded in 1874 as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning. It was successful and broadened almost immediately beyond courses for Sunday school teachers to include academic subjects, music, art, and physical education. The amphitheater holds about 4,500 people. Diana Ross is performing there on Friday, July 5th (sold out).

Lunch was at Ellicottville Brewing Company on Chautauqua Lake with representatives from the Chautauqua Institution. I had so many questions that I asked if I could return during the season for a separate story about the organization.

We spent almost 4 hours at the National Comedy Center in Jamestown. Opened in August 2018, there are more than 50 immersive exhibits celebrating the art form of American comedy. George Carlin, Shelley Berman, Rose Marie are among the many comedy legends to donate their memorabilia to the museum. The museums executive director conducted the private tour.

After a quick change of clothes at the hotel we had dinner inside the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Pearl City Hops Restaurant. This was the newest major hotel chain to open in downtown Jamestown. It may have been Saturday night, but our group was the only people eating at the restaurant. The food was quite good.

The comedy theme continued on our last morning. We were given a private tour of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, also in downtown Jamestown (Lucille Ball’s hometown). Exhibits included Lucy’s car; Tropicana Room (Ricky Ricardo’s Manhattan nightclub); Recreation of Desilu Studios with costumes, props and recreated sets (The Ricardo’s NYC apartment, etc.) It was about 1½ hour drive to the Buffalo airport and drop-offs for the other 4 journalists. Megan dropped me at my airport hotel, the TownePlace Suites by Marriott.


After my 3-day NATJA post trip to Chautauqua County, our group of 5 were dropped off at the Buffalo/Niagara airport. I had not been to Buffalo for more than 10 years and so arranged with a representative from Visit Buffalo-Niagara to show me around the city in the 3/1/2 hours he had free. I booked a room at TownePlace Suites by Marriott located 5 minutes from the airport included and indoor pool, free breakfast and a shuttle to the airport.  and

Instead of taking me to Anchor Bar, the home of Buffalo wings, we instead had lunch at Schwabl’s, established in 1837 and the home of Buffalo’s roast beef on Kummelweck bread.

Editors Note-When I returned to NYC I had lunch at Anchor Bar on West 57thStreet & got my Buffalo wing fix.


Most visitors rush to Niagara Falls and don’t spend much time in Buffalo. It is the 2nd largest city in New York State with a bit under 300,000 people and 1 million in the metro area. One can cross over to Canada from Buffalo and the waterfront is huge with the Erie Canal and Lake Erie merging there. One can visit the WWII-era ships at the Naval and Military Park.

There is work to be done downtown with factories still in operation and new apartment buildings going up next door. You must check out the Art Deco City Hall.  Fredrick Law Olmsted designed the beautiful park system (Central Park) and Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Darwin Martin vacation home (now a museum and they have almost completed a $50 million restoration).

Photography courtesy Ron Kapon

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Posted by Mike Cutino on June 1, 2019  |   No Comments »

Monday, June 24th, 2019
7:00PM – 12:30AM

Woodbury, NY


Alec Baldwin and Family join forces with The LIHB in the fight against Breast Cancer for the 9THAnnual 2019 Long Island Hospitality Ball. For the 5th year we are benefitting the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund at the Crest Hollow Country Club, June 24, 2019

In the spirit of generosity, three industry peers will be honored in 2019 for their achievements: David C. Drucker: Executive Vice President, Sales, Empire Merchants

John Murray, Jr.: Owner Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall

Ed Lowe Media Award: Richard J. Scholem, Restaurant Consultant and Critic; former NY Times Restaurant Critic

This year the goal is to top the 2018 total ofover$410,000 for our recipient and partner in fighting cancer, CAROL M. BALDWIN BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FUND.


LIHB shows off its hospitality talents by showcasing offerings from the region’s top restaurants, wine and spirit brands, nightclubs and entertainers as well as hotels and catering halls.This will be the 5th year where the LIHB will raise funds for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc. The LIHB was founded in 2011 by Keith Hart and the LIHB Board of Directors.  Mr. Hart is a hospitality industry guru and cancer survivor. His personal battle with cancer is now in remission and has inspired him to rally the industry to join the fight against cancer. Long Island’s top cover bands and entertainers, including Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, the 2016 Golden Buzzer Winner from “America’s Got Talent”, “That 70’s Band”, “Lime” and DJ Theo perform throughout the property and throughout the evening. Many celebrities and sports stars are expected to attend including the Baldwin family. This event is indoor/outdoor and is rain or shine. For information on tickets, time and location


Carol M. Baldwin is not only the founder; she is a Breast Cancer Survivor. The Baldwin family firmly believes that the key to finding a cure for Breast Cancer is by providing the funding necessary to allow researchers to learn more about this disease. There have been many significant advances in the methods of detection and treatments for breast cancer, yet many women continue to lose their battle every year as they succumb to the devastating effects of this disease. Our mission is to find a cure – nothing less. 

Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fundhas awarded close to 100 research grants totaling in excess of $5 million to medical research. 90% of all donations go directly towards funding research.

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