FROM NAPLES TO POUGHKEEPSIE
My Family’s Long History in the Food Industry
In my family, everyone was involved in the food industry: from chefs to butchers to farmers. Every aspect, from growing to selling to cooking, was a family affair.
My family’s journey started in 1961 when my father and his two brothers, along with my mother and her two sisters, having just arrived from the Naples region of Italy, opened the first Coppola’s Restaurant in the old abandoned Rialto Theatre on Main Street in Poughkeepsie, NY. Immediately becoming a success, drawing in a menagerie of people from town folk to celebrities, Coppola’s became the talk of the town.
The family eventually branched out to open other restaurants but Joe and Maria Coppola, my parents, stayed in Poughkeepsie. In 1979 Poughkeepsie Urban Renewal condemned the historic building at 273 Main Street forcing my parents to move to 825 Main Street. My parents enjoying their success in Arlington gave back to the community with annual Christmas parties for various children’s homes.
Fifty years in business Coppola’s Restaurant received many awards for its fine Italian cuisine.
Jim and I are proud that we were able to hang on to that aura of family and thankfulness that my dad passed on to us when he died in 1994. Not only were we able to provide our customers with the same great food experiences that six Italian immigrants started 50 years ago but we also provided our customers with a canvas for memories! In turn our customers gave us a greater understanding and lasting memories of our heritage!
And now that we have closed our restaurant doors we are so grateful that our customers have opened their doors to their homes to introduce our 825 MAIN Sauces on the family dinner table.
History of Coppola’s Original Restaurant in Photos & Press Clippings
Images of Coppola’s Original Restaurant at the Rialto Theater
Signed Photos from Famous Guests
Menus from the 1960s
Some of the awards Coppola’s Original Restaurant throughout their history:
- “Just what you want – classic fare at reasonable prices; for decades, it’s been a mainstay for local families who appreciate the nice atmosphere and capable, no-rush staff that lets you relax and enjoy.” – 2011-2012
- “Excellent. Among the Highest Rate for Service in Dutchess County” – 2007
- “This Tried-and-True family-run Poughkeepsie red-sauce Italian is best known for its friendly welcomes and generous portions.” – 2006
Hudson Valley Magazine
- Best Restaurant Award, Veal and Chicken Pizzaiola, 1977
- Best Restaurant Award, Italian Rum Cake, 1977
Coppola’s Muses History
The 1920 Rialto Theatre statues that have adorned the walls of the Original Coppola’s Restaurant for over 50 years have been donated back to the theatre from whence they started.