I lived in Far Rockaway from 1960-1981. The place I loved to eat out at the most was Cairo's in Inwood. It makes me salivate just to try and remember the taste of the food. I was 7 years old in 1960. I loved the cold antipasto, the pastas - spaghetti and sausage was my favorite dish, the garlic bread - mmmmm. Nirvana indeed! If I could create any restaurant from the past and have it live again it would definitely be Cairo's!
I've probably mentioned the following somewhere in the previous 13 pages but I'm way to lazy and impatient to try and find what I posted. So, let me just say this.
I grew up in the Five Towns on Long Island graduating from Lawrence H.S. in 1958.
I remember Cairo's in Inwood (one of the Five Towns) very well. It was THE
place for Italian food in the Five Towns.
I also remember my personal favorite Italian restaurant, Garberino's in Valley Stream. Or possibly, it was in Lynbrook.
We loved Raynor's Cabin on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin for the greatest fried chicken and corn fritters.
The best diner for me was the old (now long gone) Central Diner in Cedarhurst. .25 cent cheeseburgers back then.
I could go on and on but suffice to say, Long Island had the best