MUSKEGON, MI – Selfmade Italian meals is a labor of like at Teddy Spaghettis in Muskegon.
Owned by Ted Cerniglia and his daughter Francesca Giddings, Teddy Spaghettis serves reliable Italian food handcrafted from family members recipes that day back virtually a century.
“It’s our way of sharing our spouse and children heritage. We just enjoy to cook, so if we weren’t executing it in this ability, we’d just be undertaking it at home,” claimed Giddings.
The Muskegon restaurant traces its historical past back again 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 Street and Apple Avenue in downtown Muskegon.
In 2009, Teddy Spaghettis opened at 3032 Heights Ravenna Road the place prospects can dine beneath an ivy-draped trellis in the Italian cafe fashion dining space.
It serves a strong menu of pastas, pizzas, calzones, salads and far more with recipes stemming from loved ones cookbooks embellished with handwritten notes and recipes handed down through generations.
“We just took all of that, realized and put in a long time perfecting it,” said Cerniglia.
A staple dish of lasagna is layered with built-from-scratch meatballs, 6 cheeses and spaghetti sauce for $11.75.
Household 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 is nothing at all greater than anyone coming in, having a food and, quickly, we get to see the fruits of our labor,” Cerniglia stated.
Cerniglia suggests they offer “many signature items” but the Rage of Rome is one of a kind 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 simply cannot get a person like this,” explained Cerniglia.
Giddings joined Teddy Spaghettis entire-time soon after graduating from Aquinas College or university with a business degree a few decades ago. The youngest of 5 kids, Giddings commenced washing dishes at the age of 10 and knew by sixth quality she preferred to run the cafe.
“As Italians, we emote with food stuff so every thing we do is sort of close to foods. Which is what brings our family alongside one another,” she claimed.
Giddings tracked down archival photos of her spouse and children and shown them through the cafe to show the historical past behind the handcrafted dishes.
Cerniglia states the cafe is about “more than food” by carrying on the relatives legacy.
“The people that arrived before us,” he said. “We’re very pleased to continue to keep that tradition going and offering 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 closed on Sundays.
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