Friday, March 31, 2017

74 years in business, Verdile's finally trying brunch

Closeup from the 1987 film "Moonstruck" of fried bread and eggs. Verdile's will offer it Sunday.
The oldest restaurant in Troy's Lansingburgh section is about to try something for the first time: brunchiano.

Michael Verdile Jr.
That's the term being used for the first-ever brunch service at Verdile’s Restaurant, the venerable spot that is operated by the third generation of the family that founded the business in 1943.

The one-day event, for which reservations are not necessary, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Sunday (4/2), and the Italian-accented menu is a bit different from the average brunch offered in the area. A few examples:

Breakfast pizza; "Moonstruck" eggs (actress Olympia Dukakis' character cooked the fried-bread-and-egg dish in the 1987 movie for which Cher win the Best Actress Oscar); Italian-inspired omelets, etc. Each item, accompanied by Italian home fries and a side of fruit, will be $12. The drinks menu will include Bloody Marys and Italian mimosas.

The restaurant was founded as a tiny lunch spot on 2nd Street by Raphael and Frances Marinucci Verdile. After they moved across the street in 1951 to the present location, their son Michael -- who later also owned and/or operated a variety of other restaurants in the Capital Region -- ran it until his death in 2016. It now is operated by his son, head chef Michael Verdile Jr.

Verdile's is best known for its classic Italian-American menu, tuxedo-clad waiters, and longtime employees such as Vinny Marano who has been in the kitchen for more than three decades.

Verdile’s is located at 572 Second Avenue at 115th Street. Phone: (518) 235-8879.
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  1. Bernie Maskell Jr. writes (via Facebook):

    Always good there.

  2. Rachael Walter writes (via Facebook):

    Beautiful article! Thank you!

  3. Verdile's Restaurant writes (via Facebook):

    Yes, thank you again Bill!