I have a renewed interest in Caselnova, the new, seemingly indistinct Italian restaurant on Columbia Street in Brooklyn. Why? Because it has a history I knew nothing about until today. (Also, I've eaten there twice recently, and the food is good, and the brick-oven pizza certainly worthy.)
A framed menu on the wall shows that the eatery is named after an earlier restaurant, one ran by the grandfather and uncles of the current owner. It was on 11 Sunrise Highway in Lynbrook, Long Island.
I photo from the '50s shows a white, sprawling restaurant—much bigger than the current restaurant—next to a major road.
The old menu has some of the things they're serving at the new restaurant. Though no pizza or panini, two of the new Caselnova's specialties.
Most impressive is the former restaurant's massive liquor and cocktails list, which would be substantial in any era. I wonder what the Caselnova's Honeymoon Cocktail was.
At the bottom, they advertise "Long Island's only Italian Smorgasbord every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The new Caselnova is trying to revive that tradition on Sundays. I haven't tried it out. But I will.
11 Sunrise Highway is a used car lot today.