Italian restaurant Marchi’s closes after 90 years

Jan 04, 2020 895

BY: Jennifer Gould Keil

After 90 years, the family-owned-and-operated Italian restaurant, Marchi’s, at 251 E. 31st St., closed December 28. There was no menu, and the same courses were served all the time. Fans included publicist Sy Presten, 95, and Joanne Binder, who just marked their 30th year of going there. Customers came in and ordered a cocktail or a glass of wine.

Dinner, for $61.75 per person, was always the same: an antipasto, homemade lasagna, a fish course, two mains — chicken and veal — and two desserts. “My in-laws opened in the 1930s, during the depression,” said Christine Marchi. The clientele is loyal but it’s time to shut down. “It’s been 90 years! Don’t you think we deserve it?” Marchi said.

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