What two generations of Castellucci restaurateurs learned from their dads

Jun 21, 2017 851

BY: Julia Bainbridge

The Castellucci family has been in the restaurant business for 100 years now. Federico “Mr. C” Castellucci II, the patriarch of Castellucci Hospitality Group (Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, Sugo and the Iberian Pig), descends from an Italian father and a Greek mother whose families both immigrated to America.

The picture above was taken in Rhode Island in 1917. “At the front left corner behind the counter is my grandfather, Achilles Zavolangos,” says Castellucci, of the Greek side of his family. “In the background, the faded silhouette is my great grandmother, Stamatu. She owned a confectionery in Plaka, the old part of Athens, where they made baklava, kourambiethes, and galaktoboureko. When she found out they were coming to this country, she closed up her shop, took those two brass coffee machines you can see in the very back, and helped them open up that restaurant.”

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