An Oldie But A Goodie Review of Caffe Reggio

By Chef Vincent Tropepe

Caffe Reggio opened it’s doors in 1927, where it still stands today at 119 MacDougal Street in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village.  The Italian cappuccino was introduced to America by the founder of Caffe Reggio a man by the name of Domenico Parisi, in the early 1920’s.

Inside the café against the back wall, patrons can see the orginal espresso machine made in 1902 that Domenico Parisi purchased with his life savings when he opened the café in 1927.

Caffe Reggio has been featured in many movies such as The Godfather II. Next Stop, Shaft and In Good Company to name only a few. Besides it silver screen appearances, in 1959 Presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy gave a speech outside Caffe Reggio.

Caffe Reggio is steeped in culinary culture as it is in American history.  There is a theory that something are left untouched, and Caffe Reggio is one of them.

Everything about Caffe Reggio scream Italian! From sitting on the handmade metal chairs, to the wide rimmed plate with a bold orange color with their name on it.  Besides having the most memorable cappuccino your lips will ever touch, and a tiramisu that would made my grandmother cry don’t short change their food offerings.  For this review I had a pesto, fresh mozzarella and roasted pepper sandwich that demonstrates the fundamental principal of uncomplicated and flavor forward Italian food.

Caffe Reggio is a place to go out of your way for to experience the history and the food alike that makes it an oldie but a goodie!


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