Tell Us: Remembering Caracalla

Comment with your favorite memories from this Syosset restaurant.

Syosset officially lost one of its little Italian restaurants Tuesday.

Caracalla Restaurant was demolished this week, six months after a July fire tore through the eatery.

Caracalla was good for both families and couples. It was voted one of the most romantic restaurants in Syosset last year, as well as being a host to an Integrated Medical Foundation fundraiser to benefit prostate cancer for early detection and support.

What are your Caracalla memories? What will you miss most about this Syosset restaurant? Tell us in the comments.

Gabe January 24, 2013 at 06:26 PM
I believe this was the restaurant Billy Joel sang about in one of his songs.
Papa Tom January 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Right. It was called "We Didn't Start The Fire," wasn't it?
Ida January 24, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Papa Tom. You must be awfully ignorant to make a statement like that but then again you can't argue with stupid. That was his lively hood and his passion something you obviously lack.
Papa Tom January 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM
You're right, Ida. It was a cheap shot, and kind of tasteless. The word around town when it happened was that the circumstances of the fire were questionable. The combination of that and the fact that yet another person had yet another piece of hilarious misinformation about Billy Joel's "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" made this such an easy target. My apology to the owners and to anyone who was offended. My ignorance, stupidity, and obvious lack of passion just got the best of me. By the way, although Billy once commented that "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" was about Christiano's in Syosset, he later retracted that statement and confessed that it was about a place in Little Italy. Several other band members confirmed this.
Papa Tom January 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Sorry, Ida. You're right. That was tasteless, and only something my friends in the restaurant business would get. My apologies to the owners of Caracalla and anyone else who was offended. By the way, what REALLY made it impossible to resist was the fact that yet another person got the Billy Joel legend incorrect. Although Billy once dedicated "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" to CHRISTIANO's in concert, he later clarified that the song was actually written about a restaurant in Little Italy. However, until then, scores of people were walking around Syosset insisting that the song was about one restaurant or another. Heather: Please delete my original comment if you feel it is inappropriate!
blue January 25, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Thank you for your apology Papa Tom. The demolition of Caracalla was a very sad day. It meant leaving behind a lot of memories, a lot of laughter and a lot of important events that occured there including my wedding. Vincenzo is a great man who has accomplished what some people can only hope to accomplish in a lifetime. He was about the art of cooking and the care he put into each dish. He gave happiness through cooking to many people, something that seems to be lacking in some restaurants today. I will always admire what he has done in his life Caracalla being one of those milestones. This comes sincerely from the heart of his daughter. Thank you Heather for allowing the community to post their well wishes for him and the fond memories they had!!
NT January 25, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Caracalla was our favorite restaurant for years and years - we celebrated family events there, we consoled each other after funerals there. Every meal was perfect - Vincenze and his sidekick Antonio was always warm, welcoming and gracious. The food - wonderful old world Italian. There is not another place aroun close to it in ambiance, quality or personality. Vincenzo, trusting that your are retired at this point I wish you health, happiness and thanks for many a meal, many a memory - Nick and Janet
Papa Tom January 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Wow...now I feel like a real creep! I never got to dine at Caracalla and never really knew anyone who did until now. I, being the one who's always rah-rah for locally owned "Mom and Pop" restaurants vs. the chains, probably should have gotten there a little sooner. I really was being insensitive, and I wish I could take back my little tongue-in-cheek comment, but I guess the damage is done. Anyway, thanks, Vincenzo, for creating all those memories over the years!
Linda T January 26, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Let's not forget that Vincenzo is a survivor of the Andrea Doria ship disaster.
Mrs. Carr March 27, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Vincenzo, The last time we spoke was when we lost Mike. You owe me a drink in his memory. I came by to collect March 22, 2013. Glad to read that you and Tony are OK. May this not be the end, please get in touch if you re open a restaurant. As for the old Caracalla not only was it the most outstanding restaurant on Long Island, it was a home - we were all family. Ciao, Mrs. Carr


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