Hofmann Hot Haus The Rusty Flook /Jerry Dellas Interview

Northern Lights Plaza in Mattydale is home to the fastest growing and definitely one of the “Hottest” restaurants in town — Hofmann Hot Haus. Since its opening last July 1994, Hofmann Hot Haus has received nothing butRave Reviews!! The restaurant is the brainchild of Rusty Flook and The Dellas Bros. — John and Jerry. Rusty is the Plant Manager of the Hofmann Sausage Co. and great grandson of the firm’s founder. John and Jerry’s family operate many well-known restaurants in the Syracuse University area including The Olive and The Orange,…

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Gail Klingensmith Interview P and G’s Pamela’s Diner.

It’s known as the Best breakfast restaurant in Pittsburgh. Their pancakes were rated in the top 10 by AOL. They came in First Place in Pittsburgh magazine 2008 Readers Poll of best breakfast restaurants. Citysearch.com readers named them the Best Breakfast in Pittsburgh in 2006 in 2007 as well as Best Brunch in 2006. Pittsburgh City Paper named them Best Breakfast in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. City’s Best at AOL and Moon Travel Guides named them the Best Place for Breakfast in Pittsburgh. We spoke with Gail Klingensmith,…

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Piero Lisio Interview Little Venice Restaurant

Since 1946, Little Venice Restaurant has been serving authentic Italian dishes to the greater Binghamton New York area. Little Venice prides itself on its original family recipes, specializing in homemade pasta, a variety of Italian and American entrées and most notably their famous homemade tomato sauce. And now that tomato sauce can be found on the grocery shelves in central New York. Piero Lisio co-owner of Little Venice Restaurant spoke with us about his pasta sauce. Q – Piero, it looks to me like you’re trying to run a restaurant…

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Bud “The Pieman” Royer Interview Royers Round Top Café

Bud “The Pieman” Royer is a man on a mission. That’s right, not only does he serve up great food, but, he does it with a great sense of comedy. Just consider his Dress Code ”Real Simple, Spend Money! No pants, no shirt, no problem! Except for 70 year old men in spandex. This is a family establishment!” Now, that’s funny. Q – Bud, you had no prior restaurant experience prior to opening Royer’s Round Top Café did you? A – Yes. That’s correct. I’m 63. I started waiting tables…

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David Slotnick Interview Carrol’s Restaurants

In the 1960s, one hamburger restaurant reigned supreme in Syracuse, New York. That restaurant was Carrol’s. Founded in 1960 by Herb Slotnick the prices included .15 cents for a hamburger, .15 cents for a shake and .10 cents for fries. David Slotnick talked with us about the history of Carrol’s restaurants, a restaurant his father started. Q – David, as we talk, there are no more Carrol’s restaurants are there? The last one was in Finland and that closed. A – Yes. The name was sold to the Finnish consortium.…

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Scott Borland Interview Mamma Lombardi’s Sauce

Mamma Lombardi’s Ristorante has been a fixture of Holbrook, N.Y. since 1976. Besides the food, it’s the pasta sauce that’s helped make Mamma Lombardi’s famous. And now, that pasta sauce is available in a jar. Scott Borland of Mamma Lombardi’s talked with us about the sauce, his background, and Mamma Lombardi’s. Q – Scott, what is your position with the co? A – I’m the Director of Lombardi’s Specialty Products which is the corporation that oversees the sauce. We actually do oil as well. Q – What does your job…

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Lisa, Kristina and Jerry Coletta Interview Coletta’s Restaurant Memphis, Tennessee

If you’re in Memphis and you’re looking for pizza, there’s really only one place to go and that’s Coletta’s. And, why not Coletta’s introduced pizza to the Memphis community in the 1950’s and was where Elvis ate his pizza! We spoke with owner Jerry Coletta about his restaurant and his daughters, Lisa and Kristina. Q – Since Parade Magazine named Coletta’s one of the Best places in the U.S. for pizza, how has that affected your business? Kristina – Well, it has affected our business. We’ve had several phone calls…

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Paul Basilio Interview Basilio’s

His stand has been a New York State Fair tradition since 1956. The stand is called Basilio’s and the man who runs it is Paul Basilio. Q. Paul I guess this would be the most important question, how are you related to Carmen Basilio? A. Carmen is my Brother. Q. For some reason I always thought that was his stand. Did he ever have any involvement in that stand? A. Not really. See, Norm Rothchild got me in there. I think he used a wheelbarrow to get me in there.…

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Randy Dewitt Interview Owner of Twin Peaks Restaurant

Founded in 2005, Randy Dewitt is the owner of Twin Peaks Restaurant, or as some people refer to it, Twin Peaks “Breastaurant”. We’ll let owner Randy Dewitt provide the details. Q – Randy, is Twin Peaks part of a franchise? A – Well, myself and a guy named Scott Gordon started it. That was four and a half years ago, and we are now franchising. We have eleven locations and we are starting to sell franchises right now. Q – And where would the franchises be located? A – We…

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Nino Selimaj Interview Nino’s Ristorante

Nino Selimaj is the owner of Nino’s which has been described as one of New York’s most popular upscale Italian dining destinations. Nino’s celebrity clientele includes Tom Jones, Cindy Crawford, Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Regis Philbin, and ex-Governor of New York State – George Pataki. Nino’s also is the home of the $1,000 Pizza. That’s right – $1,000 for a pizza. Mr. Nino Selimaj was kind enough to take some time off from his very busy schedule to speak with us. Q – Mr. Selimaj what were you doing before…

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