Christiano’s, Once of Billy Joel Fame, Closes After 56 Years

Long Island restaurant, once thought to be an inspiration to Billy Joel, closed Monday.

Christiano’s, once thought to be Billy Joel's famed "Italian Restaurant," has uncorked their last chianti.

The Syosset eatery served their last customers before finally closing on Monday after 56 years of business, reported Newsday.

Many speculated that the restaurant would soon close and new owners, Singh Hospitality Group, confirmed they had purchased the eatery last year. Plans to close the restaurant were postponed in August, though new owners admitted the restaurant would eventually close.

Christiano’s, a Syosset staple since 1958, was always a well-known restaurant, but not outside the north shore of Long Island. That is, until a Levittown kid gave it a shout out from his piano.

When Billy Joel debuted “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” at a concert at C.W. Post in 1977, he dedicated the song to Christiano’s, hinting that the eatery was his inspiration.

Joel admitted in 2012 that, "It was like saying ‘Yankees’ when you're playing in New York,” and that the actual “Italian Restaurant” is in New York City, said Newsday.

Still, Joel’s love put Christiano’s on the map of any outsider looking for a taste of Long Island. For insiders, it remained a place where generations would remember toasting at countless family dinners before a grandparent declared “Mangia! Mangia!”

Christiano’s will remain in the Syosset family, as Chef Tom Schaudel, of Syosset's CoolFish, signed on to revamp the restaurant's concept, said Newsday. The facility will be updated before the restaurant is reopened, said the report.

While it will no longer bear the Christiano’s name nor will it likely be an Italian restaurant, the spirit of Billy Joel’s musical shout out will stay.

Whatever we do, he [Billy Joel] will always be a part of it,” Singh told Newsday.

A reopening date has not yet been announced.
FScal February 26, 2014 at 03:33 PM
That's breaking news?
Penquin February 26, 2014 at 03:41 PM
My thoughts exactly
Arguendo February 26, 2014 at 03:48 PM
That's "local"?
Dov Herman February 26, 2014 at 03:58 PM
With all due respect, this isn't local news and you are not reporting on local news. Shut down the five towns patch or run it please.
Jonathan Kaplan February 26, 2014 at 04:00 PM
This isn't even on the South Shore, what's wrong with you people. I want my Long Beach news.
sadeto February 26, 2014 at 04:53 PM
I think you're all figuring out that Patch is no longer a local news site since AOL sold it in January. They fired most of the staff and consolidated the sites; everyone in Nassau is seeing the same headline.
Penquin February 26, 2014 at 05:14 PM
It's a shame. Living in Long Beach without news is like being in a black hole. I can't believe the crap they publish - like the "Trending Now." Who cares about a couple who had sex in the back of a cab on the mom's credit card. Really? This makes the news?
Arguendo February 26, 2014 at 05:36 PM
It's now a continental 48-states "patch".
Penquin February 26, 2014 at 05:45 PM
That story I mentioned above occurred in Illinois - and then they had a story about two men attempting to have sex with a cow. Even if this is a national publication - the stories are really pathetic.
Jack February 26, 2014 at 06:38 PM
This is a BS story not needed on the Patch. Who cares about Billy Joel anyway? He is a has been 70's pop star, not a rocker.
TJ Eckleburg February 26, 2014 at 06:40 PM
"two guys attempting to have sex with a cow"? Those darn, feisty Tea Party Republicans!
hank ratner February 26, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Unfortunately the Patch is no longer the go to local source for news and information. If the suits at AOL think this new format will have "legs" or as they say "eyeballs" they are kidding themselves. Too bad!
Penquin February 26, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Menage a brisket
Penquin February 26, 2014 at 08:16 PM
sadeto February 26, 2014 at 08:21 PM
Hank ratner, AOL sold Patch to an investment firm in January, which promptly fired most of the staff and consolidated the sites. If you haven't noticed, our local editors and even some on a level above them are gone.
Susan Gill February 27, 2014 at 06:50 AM
Doesn't the Patch monitor replies? So often there are vulgar and objectionable comments to stories.
Vincent February 27, 2014 at 06:55 AM
Dave: I'm reading this on the Mineola Patch!! I've said it a couple of times before that the Patch is no longer local but no one has pickedup on it. It's a rip of of the Newday. The difference is thatyou can not tear this rag.
Vincent February 27, 2014 at 07:01 AM
sadeto: Yes, I read that it was sold. My local editor here in the Mineola Patch was Geoffery Walters and if you asked him a question he would actually answer you. Or if you misunderstood something he would straighten you out. Not so this new breed. It really sucks now.
Vincent February 27, 2014 at 07:17 AM
What has happened to the Mineola Patch ie...to all of the local patches. I don't want news about the Suffolk County Supervisor or what is going on in the Hamptons in my Mineola Patch. The people that read this rag should start complaining as some already have.
Frank T February 27, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Another Singh disaster!
Jonathan Kaplan February 27, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Susan Gill, the only thing objectionable is the crap that Patch is passing off as "local" news.
Kathleen February 27, 2014 at 02:05 PM
I clicked in from East Meadow Patch and it bought me to Syosset Patch. I was wondering what happened to my editor. BTW, Patch, Billy Joel was from Hicksville, not Levittown.
Ivan Ivanovich February 27, 2014 at 08:59 PM
A bottle of red, a bottle of white,a bottle of curry
Penquin February 28, 2014 at 06:44 AM
Billy Joel won't singh about this place anymore
Vincent February 28, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Anyone else getting tired of hearing about Billy Joel? He's a has been.
LS February 28, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Maine Maid Inn, a restaurant in East Meadow (name escapes me), now Christiano's. How does Singh stay in business?
Six Pack February 28, 2014 at 02:32 PM
It is amazing to talk to anyone who went to Hicksville high school from 1962-1978 all went to school with Billy Joel.
Six Pack February 28, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Same as the Harry Chapin story. It's amazing how many people have told me that they were at Eisenhower Park waiting for him to go on. " then we got the news and we all started crying" I must have heard that story 300 times. He passed away in 1981. you were 3. You weren't there.
Grifhunter March 04, 2014 at 03:15 PM
What is with this Singh kiss of death for restaurants? Anyway, I'll miss Christianos. Average food, awesome atmosphere and bar. Decent pizza. Let me guess. Syosset will get its 12th sushi place.


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