Patsy’s: A NYC Institution

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Patsy's: A NYC Institution

Rarely can you find a restaurant in New York that has been owned by the same family for over 75 years! Well, actually you can with Patsy’s Italian Restaurant of New York, run by the Scognamillo Family, and   located at the same address (236 W. 56 Street) since 1944.

Started by Pasquale Scognamillo (known as Patsy), there have only been three chefs cooking in the Patsy’s kitchen throughout the decades. That alone is astonishing enough, but it’s also interesting to note that Patsy’s is the restaurant that Frank Sinatra made famous.

And since those storied Old Blue Eyes days, numerous celebrities have walked through the doors at Patsy’s.

Like many, my family has had numerous momentous celebrations there, and each time it has been a warm and wonderful experience. The food, prepared by chef Sal, Patsy’s grandson, has consistently been hearty and delicious.

Patsy’s is situated on the edge of the theatre district so once the pandemic forced Broadway to shutter and restaurants to offer only takeout, Patsy’s temporarily closed their doors. But now, with outdoor dining options relaxed, I’m very happy to report that just this past week, the iconic restaurant has triumphantly re-opened.  Sal and his staff are once again doing what they love to do: creating the classic Patsy dishes that are beloved, bringing smiles to their patrons faces.

Open Wed-Sunday, 4-9 pm, they will also be providing takeout. For reservations

 call 212 -247-3491 or email:

Now that Patsy’s Italian Restaurant on West 56th Street is back up and running, it’s an opportunity to support an institution in New York, and have a fabulous feast at the same time!


  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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