History of Caffe Reggio

Caffe Reggio

Greenwich Village

New York




CAFFE REGGIO

The Movie

MACDOUGAL STREET

GREENWICH VILLAGE



DOMENICO PARISI

The Founding Father of CAFFE REGGIO

Domenico Opened Caffe Reggio in 1927

He had a Barbershop there before, but it was always his dream to open an Italian Caffe. He scraped together the money to buy an Italian Espresso Machine that cost $1,000. A huge some in 1927. He opened the caffe, which was the 1st caffe in America with a coffee machine like they had bacck in Italy, but America never had one, not until Domenico purchased his and brought it to Geenwich Village, New York.

Domenico Parisi was from Reggio Calabria in Calabria, Italy, near Sicily. This is where his caffe gets its name Caffe Reggio from.


Dominico’s Magnificent Machine
Mr Cavalacci

With DOMENICO’S MAGNIFICENT MACHINE

The CAVALACCI FAMILY bought Caffe Reggio from the Parisi’s in the late 1950s.




CAFFE REGGIO

Circa 1950s

NYC


CAFFE REGGIO

Photo Daniel Bellino Zwicke





Caffe Reggio

Painting from The SCHOOL of CARAVAGGIO (Upper Right Corner)
A RENAISSANCE BENCH

From a MEDICI PALACE

FLORENCE

This bench is a Museum Piece, but it is not roped-off as one would think. You can actually sit in it, sipping your Cappuccino, people watching, as you admire a painting from The School of Caravaggio and other antiques and artwork. It’s just magnificent, and only in New York, as they say, could you sit in a Renaissance Bench.


“And not only that. Look what;s Next !”


A CEILING FAN From CASABLANCA


The GREATEST MOVIE of ALL-TIME

Starring : HUMPHREY BOGART , INGRID BERGMAN

SIDNEY GREENSTREET,  PETER LORRE

and CLAUDE RAINES




Interview with FABRIZIO CAVALACCI

Owner of Caffe Reggio Since 1972

His Family bought the Caffe in 1955


Fabrizio tells the hsitory of Caffe Reggio. He said that before Dominic Parisi opened the caffe, he had a Barber Shop in the space. A Haircut was 10 Cents and took about 20 minutes to do one. Fabrizio says that Domenico’s customers demanded a cup of Espresso with their haircut. After a while Domenico figured he’d open a caffe, as he could serve many more customers and make better profit than doing haircuts which he could only do 2 or 3 in an hour. And so Caffe Reggio was born in 1927 on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village, New York.




AL PACINO

At CAFFE REGGIO






Christopher Walken


NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE


NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE



In The Movie SERPICO


AL PACINO plays Frank Serpico

Frank Serpico (in the Movie) lives on 5-7 MINETTA STREET
around the block from Caffe Reggio. In the movie, Serpico is taking Spanish Class at New York University, and one of his classmates, a girl says that she works at CAFFE REGGIO …






SUNDAY SAUCE

ITALIAN IMMIGRANT RECIPES

SPAGHETTI SAUCE alla PACINO
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