MUSKEGON, MI – Homemade Italian food is a labor of really like at Teddy Spaghettis in Muskegon.
Owned by Ted Cerniglia and his daughter Francesca Giddings, Teddy Spaghettis serves authentic Italian meals handcrafted from family members recipes that day again virtually a century.
“It’s our way of sharing our relatives history. We just enjoy to cook, so if we weren’t accomplishing it in this capacity, we’d just be executing it at house,” stated Giddings.
The Muskegon cafe traces its history again to 1939 when Cerniglia’s grandparents opened a restaurant in Rockford, Illinois. Cerniglia branched out in 1986 when he opened the Pine-Apple Café on the corner of Pine Avenue and Apple Avenue in downtown Muskegon.
In 2009, Teddy Spaghettis opened at 3032 Heights Ravenna Street the place consumers can dine below an ivy-draped trellis in the Italian cafe fashion eating place.
It serves a sturdy menu of pastas, pizzas, calzones, salads and far more with recipes stemming from family members cookbooks embellished with handwritten notes and recipes handed down by means of generations.
“We just took all of that, acquired and expended decades perfecting it,” stated Cerniglia.
A staple dish of lasagna is layered with built-from-scratch meatballs, six cheeses and spaghetti sauce for $11.75.
House of the toasted ravioli, Teddy Spaghettis serves stuffed ravioli tossed in breadcrumbs, deep fried and topped with sauce for $9.95 or a grande serving for $13.95.
“For me there is nothing at all far better than someone coming in, owning a food and, quickly, we get to see the fruits of our labor,” Cerniglia explained.
Cerniglia says they offer “many signature items” but the Rage of Rome is distinctive to Muskegon County. A dish of penne noodles smothered in spicy vodka sauce can be tasted for $9.99.
“You can get vodka sauces, but you just can’t get a person like this,” claimed Cerniglia.
Giddings joined Teddy Spaghettis comprehensive-time right after graduating from Aquinas School with a organization diploma a few years ago. The youngest of 5 kids, Giddings commenced washing dishes at the age of 10 and realized by sixth quality she preferred to operate the restaurant.
“As Italians, we emote with food so all the things we do is variety of close to food items. That is what brings our relatives with each other,” she stated.
Giddings tracked down archival photos of her spouse and children and displayed them all over the restaurant to display the history guiding the handcrafted dishes.
Cerniglia suggests the cafe is about “more than food” by carrying on the loved ones legacy.
“The people that came before us,” he stated. “We’re happy to retain that custom going and providing it to a group that responds to it.”
Teddy Spaghettis is open Monday by means of Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and shut on Sundays.
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