On Sunday, April 17, from 12:00pm – 7:00pm Nonas (Italian for Grandmothers) eat for free at Capizzi’s Staten Island Location.
As a little boy, Joe Calcagno’s Nona introduced him to the freshest and finest Italian food
available as he accompanied her on her rounds of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn’s best shops for
freshly killed chicken, sausage, just-baked bread, pastries, vegetables, ravioli and everything
else needed for a traditional Sunday dinner. He also helped out in the family garden, growing
tomatoes, eggplant and peppers to be canned, and wrapping fig trees for the winter.
“My grandparents and my parents were true Foodies way before anybody knew what that
was,” says Joe. “They owned restaurants and I grew up working side by side with them. As I got
older I too developed the love and passion that comes with making and serving something
special. So many of the best times of my life were spent with my family working, shopping,
preparing and enjoying each other’s company over a great meal. I only hope I can be as
inspiring to others as they were to me.”