Brooklyn foodie website Nona Brooklyn offers a lengthy and delectable interview with Antonio Migliaccio, owner of Brooklyn Heights’ longtime fave Noodle Pudding. The Italian restaurant has been open at 38 Henry Street in the far northern reaches of the neighborhood for 16 years.
The interview begins: “Most restaurants have a moment. They arrive on the scene and hopefully, with some good execution and a little luck, generate a buzz. Most of the time, they come back to earth, a few months, a few years or a few chef changes later. It’s rare to find a restaurant that strikes that elusive combination of good food, ambiance, service and intangible charm, that has regulars lining up out the door, willing to wait 45 minutes or an hour for a table, night after night.”
The profile, “From the Docks to the Kitchen: Noodle Pudding’s Antonio Migliaccio on Finding The Recipe For Success In Forgetting Everything Anyone Ever Taught Him About Cooking,” is a delightful read about his coming to Brooklyn from Italy as a teenager and working as a longshoreman while moonlighting in restaurants, learning to cook, opening his restaurant, insecurities along the way, where he shops for ingredients and much more.
In one quote, Migliaccio offers, “When you have a restaurant, it should not be about just one thing… making good food or about making money. When people come here to eat, they don’t want to go home and cook and clean up. For me, it’s not just about making food and serving it to them. It’s almost like, you’re looking after them. You’re taking care of them.”
Read the tasty profile in full here.