The Brooklyn Eagle profiled Noodle Pudding’s chef-owner Antonio Migliaccio this week. In the article we learn from the Carroll Gardens resident, who opened shop at 38 Henry Street 18 years ago, the origin of the eatery’s name:
Brooklyn Eagle: These days, 60-seat Noodle Pudding – which is the English translation of his Italian last name – draws diners from all over. One of the most popular dishes is the bass, grilled with olive oil and lemon on it, which is line-caught by a fisherman in Montauk who loads his catch into a cooler and drives it to the restaurant.
One elderly man who made a pilgrimage from out-of-state a decade ago didn’t come to eat. He wanted a look at the building where he was born and lived as a little kid.
The thank-you note he sent afterwards – which Migliaccio has kept – describes “horse-drawn wagons delivering burlap bags of coconuts” to the Peak Mason Mints candy factory at 20 Henry.
“In those days Henry Street in front of our home was paved with cobblestones,” wrote the then-84-year-old man, whose name was Al. “As the horses trotted down Henry Street, sparks would fly from the horses’ shoes as they struck the cobblestones.”
Last year, BHB’s Karl Junkersfeld accompanied Migliaccio on a trip to Hunt’s Point Market: