Loved ones and custom are important to proprietor/chef Michael D’Andrea, who opened Macaluso’s in Aiken last month.
Both equally are reflected in the Italian restaurant’s decor and the food.
In the early 1970s, D’Andrea’s late mom and dad, Anthony and Josephine, started the Road Residence restaurant in Staten Island, New York, and it is nonetheless in company.
Several of the dishes at Macaluso’s are ready making use of their recipes and those designed by D’Andrea’s other family in advance of them.
“Italians are so superstitious,” D’Andrea stated. “That’s truly why we never want to transform anything. We want to continue to keep anything just the way we’ve been carrying out it for 75 yrs.”
Black and white pictures of D’Andrea’s spouse and children members hold on the partitions in Macaluso’s eating place.
“I named the cafe immediately after my mother,” D’Andrea reported. “Macaluso was her maiden title.”
D’Andrea moved to Aiken past calendar year from Florida, wherever the very first Macaluso’s was founded in Miami Beach front in 1999.
It remained there for approximately 20 years, attracting a clientele that provided singer-songwriter Billy Joel and Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula.
Then D’Andrea made a decision to move on and launch Macaluso’s & Co., an Italian-American industry and eatery, in South Miami.
It experienced a brief run just before D’Andrea grew exhausted of South Florida and weary of working with rents and landlords.
“Miami is a gorgeous town, but it just was not conducive any extended for my brand name,” D’Andrea stated. “It became an particularly vacationer-driven metropolis, and a lot of households moved out.”
D’Andrea went online to research for a constructing to get with no individual place in brain.
“I would have absent to the North Pole if I found a building that spoke to me as a result of my instinct,” D’Andrea claimed. “I finished up with about 14 destinations to decide from, and my thoughts kept heading again to 145 York Street (S.E.) in Aiken.”
That was the tackle of Linda’s Bistro, which belonged to Linda Rooney.
D’Andrea and his girlfriend, Tonya Sanchez, headed to Aiken for a stop by. They fulfilled Linda and preferred her a ton. They also fell in appreciate with Aiken.
“It was like heading to heaven,” D’Andrea stated. “It was just so attractive, all the foliage and the roads. The people today were being so form and sweet.”
The deal to receive the Linda’s Bistro site was concluded last Oct.
D’Andrea’s only regret is that Rooney died in advance of the Aiken edition of Macaluso’s was up and running.
“She genuinely required us right here,” D’Andrea explained. “We listened to following the fact that she turned down other individuals that ended up trying to obtain the constructing for the reason that she preferred us.”
Macaluso’s working hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday by way of Sunday. The kitchen closes at 10:30 each and every evening.
“I use the greatest ingredients – the very best imported olive oils and the very best tomatoes,” D’Andrea said. “I make my have meatballs and my possess sausages. I cook dinner with De Secco imported pastas. A gentleman out of Columbia would make ravioli by hand for me.”
Macaluso’s marinara sauce is handmade.
On the menu are a range of pizzas and dishes these as Grandma Lena’s Ravioli & Peas, Macaluso’s Staten Island Fashion Baked Rigatoni With Chicken Parm, Picante Rooster With Rigatoni and Sausage & Broccoli Rabe With Imported Pasta.
D’Andrea designs to open the Rose Bar, an upstairs lounge that will provide signature cocktails and reside jazz songs, at Macaluso’s afterwards this thirty day period.
For far more information, simply call (803) 262-5334 or go to the Macaluso’s/Macaluso’s & Organization page on Facebook.