Saturday, April 24, 2010

An immigrant dream and Monsignor's Italian Restaurant

When Rafael Aranda arrived here in Sunset Park from Mexico in 1993 his first job was as a dishwasher at Gotham Bar and Grill. Barely a year after, he was given the position of chef specializing in Italian cuisine. So for over ten years he slaved away over a hot stove making Fettuccine Alfredo, linguine and many other dishes at Gotham, all the while honing his skills and improving his repertoire. He always had a dream that someday he would open his own establishment. As the neighborhood improved and gentrification began to move south from the Slope it seemed to Rafael that there was an opportunity for an Italian restaurant and so, less than a year ago he saw an opening with the availability off the present location ideally situated equidistantly from the Slope and southern Sunset Park and thus Monsignor's was born. It is the path that previous immigrants have taken to these shores.If you haven't dropped by yet do so.

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