Calarco's began at the close of prohibition as one of the first two licensed bars in the area. As the world around us keeps changing at an alarming rate, the family business of Calarco's Restaurant is one steadfast cornerstone that is staying strong. Now in its 80th year, the third and fourth generations are taking control and continuing the dedication of a friendly and pleasant atmosphere with great food. It is the oldest, continuously run eating establishment in Westfield.
First opened by Virginio and Jennie Calarco, it began as a small neighborhood grocery store in 1930 in the heart of downtown Westfield on 15 Market Street. In 1933 it was converted into the bar that still stands today with the addition of the warm, cozy dining room in 1972. Son Vinnie started tending bar there at the age of 13, when a 12-oz glass of beer was 5 cents, a shot of liquor was 15 cents, a burger was 15 cents and spaghetti dinner was 35 cents.
Following the death of Virginio in 1972, Vinnie and wife Charlotte continued the tradition to add their own special warmth and charm to the business. Vinnie has fascinated customers for over 40 years as owner with his smile and "Welcome to Calarco's, thank you for coming." Returning customers always ask where he is, how he is doing and will he be in. His appearances are limited now, but any chance he gets to visit with the customers he will take.
First opened by Virginio and Jennie Calarco, it began as a small neighborhood grocery store in 1930 in the heart of downtown Westfield on 15 Market Street.
The next generation, daughter Gini and son Steve, have now taken on the task of continuing the tradition. Gini has developed her own draw of customers through the years with her wonderful homemade spaghetti sauce and lasagna as well as homemade desserts, meatballs, salad dressings and more with the help of her son Brian and daughter Holly in the kitchen. The bar room has started to be updated and the dining room is next on the list to give them a fresh look while still keeping their home-like atmosphere.
Calarco's Italian Restaurant sincerely thanks all of their customers, past, present and future for helping to keep one of the last few traditional family restaurants going.