Since 1915, the
Sgarlata family has been a part of Schenectady’s restaurant and catering
Nearly 100 years ago, my Grandfather,
Angelo Sgarlata, came over from
and joined his brother who owned and operated a
restaurant on lower Broadway in
1930’s my grandfather had an opportunity to buy
a building across the street and he and my
grandmother opened their own restaurant which
they called Subway Grill & Restaurant.
The restaurant was located at the end of the
street was an entrance into the GE property.
This gate was known as the subway entrance.
This was the way thousands of people
from the surrounding neighborhoods would get to
work. There was a total of 12 different eating
and drinking establishments located on lower
Broadway. The street was nick named Kruzy Ave.
My dad, Carmen,
joined my grandfather in his restaurant back in
the 1950’s. My dad had graduated from college
and was working for a bank hoping to some day
become branch manager when my grandfather became
ill. My father left the bank to run the family
business and never looked back. My mom who was
working for General Electric at the time left
and joined my dad in the business.
In 1965 my father
bought a vacant building next door to Sgarlata’s
and built a banquet room that accommodate up to
140 people. It was one of the first banquet
rooms in the city.
I, Angelo (Skip),
graduated from high school in 1972 and attended Schenectady Community
College for four
months leaving to join my mom and dad in the
business. The 1970’s were extremely busy and my
parents definitely needed the help.
In the early 1980’s I
started to do off premise catering that grew to
be one of the largest parts of our business.
Some of the interesting places we have been are
Canfield Casino, Great Escape, The Mohegan
Steamship boat on Lake
George and Howe Caverns. We have
catered off premise events for groups up to
My son, Jason, became
our first truly trained college chef after
graduating from the Culinary Institute of
America in 1977.
Although professionally trained, Jason
always said that he learned more from his
grandma than he did from school. Jason began our
fourth generation of family run business.