My parents first restaurant is still going strong since 1964 (new owners now)
|Here are pics of my parents second restaurant, The Goblet.
These are pics of my Grandfathers retirement party held there.
Notice the patent leather bar and stools
|Here are pics of my Uncle Mike's restaurant that was very popular till the day
he sold it after over thirty years of success.
My Uncle Mike with the Band NRBQ at his Schenectady, NY
Restaurant. Funny thing is Al and Joey (left to right) lived in
Nashville for a while, and I've seen Joey at our sister restaurant
Café Coco. The first time I saw NRBQ they opened for George
Thurgood at Rennselear Polly tech Institute in Troy, NY
|Here is a pic of my Grandfather's pizza place in Niskyuna, NY
My Grandfather Silvio Cinelli was a Barber by trade and when a vacancy opened next to his
shop he opened and ran a pizza place with my Aunt Sibby and Grandmother.
The rug goes up the wall for an uptown
The fountain is a nice touch. On the bottom
right I'm pretending I'm smoking at the bar.
|Top Right to Left Dad, Mom, Grandmother Mimi and Grandfather Popy
|Uncle Mike and their
|There was a deli inside where my brother and I sliced meat for a few years. It was fun
because we were at the age where we could hire our school friends to work there with us.
|My parents last business was a market in Rotterdam, NY late 1970's - 1985
Today The Italian Market has been remodeled and enlarged, you’ll find new products, new foods and a renewed commitment to bring
you the fabulous and unique culture of Italy. If you have never been to an Italian market come experience a bit of culinary history and
enjoy foods that other parts of this country world take for granted.
If you, like me, are familiar with an Italian community then we aim to bring relief to those who miss their home and neighborhoods, to
sooth those cravings you’ve had since your last good Italian meal, (no doubt outside of Nashville) and to calm you in knowing that we are
here to serve you like no other local Italian restaurant can.
Our dining area is a bit fancier than an employee break-room but the foods are as authentic and reasonably priced. The seating area is
in a stone-walled Tuscan farmhouse motif. The retro furniture and avant garde sconces light a cozy-romantic setting that is still ideal for
the whole family or a quick lunch.
If you are coming for dinner you'll see that our restaurant can be fun and interactive. Between courses get up and visit the market section,
taste a sample of cheese or salami. We hope to inspire you to pick up provisions for the next Italian meal you cook at home, if you don’t
cook Italian you are always welcome to order takeout or grab a pre-packed meal to-go.
While it’s plain to see Coco’s Italian Market mimics the import and specialty markets from home in NY, our inspiration is even deeper
than that....actually a little known, undocumented part of culinary history: In many of those old markets you could follow your nose to find
an aroma coming from the employee break-rooms. Peek your head in and you'd see the family matriarch cooking the staff's meal. That
savory scent was the stores best advertising, of course they cooked with provisions readily on hand in their market. Funny thing, it was
not uncommon to see the neighbors and local businessmen in there eating with the market’s staff. Some employee break-rooms got
so popular they actually expanded their seating areas or added full fledged lunch restaurants to the store, albeit informal.
Four generations of
My mom, Joan and my
son Alex making
411 51st Ave N. & Charlotte Pk.
Driven by our love of the beautiful Italian culture our core business is to create serve and sell the best tasting Italian foods possible
|My Father cleaning the parking
lot with me and my brother Joey