MUSKEGON, MI – Homemade Italian food is a labor of adore at Teddy Spaghettis in Muskegon.
Owned by Ted Cerniglia and his daughter Francesca Giddings, Teddy Spaghettis serves reliable Italian food items handcrafted from relatives recipes that day back again just about a century.
“It’s our way of sharing our family heritage. We just appreciate to cook dinner, so if we weren’t executing it in this ability, we’d just be accomplishing it at household,” stated Giddings.
The Muskegon cafe traces its background back to 1939 when Cerniglia’s grandparents opened a cafe in Rockford, Illinois. Cerniglia branched out in 1986 when he opened the Pine-Apple Café on the corner of Pine Road and Apple Avenue in downtown Muskegon.
In 2009, Teddy Spaghettis opened at 3032 Heights Ravenna Road the place buyers can dine beneath an ivy-draped trellis in the Italian cafe model dining room.
It serves a strong menu of pastas, pizzas, calzones, salads and more with recipes stemming from loved ones cookbooks embellished with handwritten notes and recipes handed down as a result of generations.
“We just took all of that, uncovered and used a long time perfecting it,” claimed Cerniglia.
A staple dish of lasagna is layered with created-from-scratch meatballs, six cheeses and spaghetti sauce for $11.75.
Dwelling 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’s nothing much better than anyone coming in, acquiring a food and, straight away, we get to see the fruits of our labor,” Cerniglia mentioned.
Cerniglia states they offer you “many signature items” but the Rage of Rome is exceptional 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 can’t get a single like this,” claimed Cerniglia.
Giddings joined Teddy Spaghettis complete-time following graduating from Aquinas Faculty with a small business degree 3 years in the past. The youngest of 5 kids, Giddings started washing dishes at the age of 10 and realized by sixth grade she wanted to run the cafe.
“As Italians, we emote with foods so everything we do is form of about foodstuff. That’s what provides our spouse and children alongside one another,” she reported.
Giddings tracked down archival images of her family and shown them throughout the cafe to display the record powering the handcrafted dishes.
Cerniglia says the restaurant is about “more than food” by carrying on the family legacy.
“The people today that arrived prior to us,” he claimed. “We’re happy to hold that tradition going and providing it to a community that responds to it.”
Teddy Spaghettis is open Monday through 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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