Sinatra used Patsy's like a dining room and kept his own table upstairs in the back. He loved the restaurant and the feelings were mutual. According to the New York Times, Patsy's owner Pasquale Scognamillo kept the restaurant open for Sinatra on Thanksgiving one year. Not wanting to hurt Sinatra's pride, Scognamillo didn't tell Sinatra that he was making an exception for him by staying open—he even had his employees and their families eat at the restaurant that day so that Sinatra wouldn't suspect anything. To celebrate Sinatra and his all-time favorite restaurant, here are five recipes inspired by some of his favorite dishes.
1. Artichokes Stuffed with Anchovies, Garlic and Mint
Patsy’s stuffed artichokes are filled with pungent flavors like black olives, capers and garlic, but the chefs knew to cut back on the garlic for Sinatra, a garlic hater until the end. In our recipe, feel free to adjust the garlic according to your preferences.
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2. Arugula and Mint Salad
Sinatra’s favorite salad at Patsy’s was a simple arugula salad dressed with olive oil, red wine vinegar and basil. Our recipe swaps out basil for mint and gets a tangy hit of flavor from Dijon mustard.