WHAT DOES QUEENS AND PASTA HAVE IN COMMON??!!
This American dream is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee (aka its 100th anniversary).
In 1915, Emanuele Ronzoni, an immigrant from Italy who had worked at a macaroni plant in Manhattan, founded his own company and opened a production facility at 35th Street and Northern Boulevard in Long Island City. The specialty was Genoa-style, fancy-cut noodles.
His children, aunts, uncles, and cousins joined him over the decades, and they opened a larger, more modern factory at 50th Street and Northern Boulevard — where a Home Depot stands today — as business boomed in 1950. Some grandchildren came on board in the 1970s before General Foods bought the Ronzoni Macaroni Company in 1984. The plant closed down a few years later.
Emanuele’s great-grandson, Al Ronzoni Jr., will present a lecture on his family’s carbohydrate-rich American tale at the Greater Astoria Historical Society on Monday, December 7. The chronicler, who was known as “Pasta Boy” in his youth, will discuss everything from conversations at his family dinner table on Sundays to the factory’s architecture and he’ll show some vintage photos. Another image and more information on the lecture, which is part of a larger celebration, are on the jump page.
After the presentation, the historical society will host a holiday party featuring a performance by local musician Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz and a dramatic reading of A Visit by St. Nicholas.