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Title [Aquilino's Pizzeria]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Koledo, Michael
Date April 7, 1963
Collection Richmondtown Restoration Collection
Description Original B&W print. Diagonal front and side view of Aquilino's Pizzeria at the intersection of Richmond Road and Court Place in Richmond, Staten Island. A sign on the corner of the building projects out over the sidewalk; it appears to be an electric neon sign: "AQUILINO'S / PIZZERIA". Sign on the side of the building: "AQUILINO'S PIZZERIA / HAVE A 'PEPSI' WITH YOUR PIZZA PARTY / ITALIAN MEALS". Attached building or addition has open door with large windows on each side, with lettering on glass: "Villanova" and "Dining Room". The edge of Historic Richmond Town's Historical Museum (former County Clerk's and Surrogate's Office) is at far left, and the Edwards-Barton House is partially visible behind Aquilino's.
(Keywords: HRT, New York City)
Print size 7.5 x 9.625
Ownership and History The house that is now Historic Richmond Town's Edwards-Barton House (seen in the background) was purchased by Nicola and Antoinetta Aquilino in 1921. The Aquilinos moved to Staten Island from Manhattan, and lived in the Edwards-Barton house with their two children. Sometime before 1927, Nicola built a one-story brick building directly on the corner of Court Place and Richmond Road in which he ran a retail grocery. In the early 1930s, it was changed to a billiard academy. Around this time it may also have become a restaurant-tavern which was later known as Aquilino's Pizzeria and Restaurant. It was a popular restaurant, one of the first such Italian restaurants on the island.

The Edwards-Barton House became part of Historic Richmond Town in 1966, and Aquilino's Restaurant was demolished that same year.
Earliest Date 1963
Latest Date 1963
Subjects Restaurants
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Aquilino, Nicola
Aquilino, Antoinetta
Catalog Number 66.006.0029
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2016.
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