February 5 – Happy Birthday Mario Greco


Mario-Greco-1448725199He had the “happiest” voice in Amsterdam history.   There was not one single time during our too-  many-to-count meetings that the very first word   out of Mario Greco’s mouth did not make me smile.   He had a standard greeting for me that began   with my last name, which he pronounced Chin-  quant-ay, followed by a duplicate uttering of that   name’s English translation and concluded with a   tribute to my late father, who he had grown up with on   Amsterdam’s West End. It went like this;   “Cinquanti, fifty-fifty, my God you look just like   your Father! How I miss that guy!” His old diner   on Main Street and his wonderful Comedy Inn Restaurant up   on Route 67 were landmark eateries in this town and to this day I’ve never tasted a more delicious version of chicken francaise than the one Mario used to put down in front of me. In addition to being a great cook, this guy was a natural host. He would feed you well, make you laugh like hell and always offer great discussion on local history, politics and people…

I’ve already started work on the second volume of “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays” and Mario Greco’s complete story will be featured in it. I will be sharing the complete posts of some of the Volume II birthday celebrants in future issues of the Amsterdam Birthday Blog Newsletter. If you are not yet a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up for free here.

Mario shares his February 5th Birthday with this pioneering Amsterdam industrialist.

One thought on “February 5 – Happy Birthday Mario Greco

  1. That’s my Grampa! He was the BEST! He had a nickname for for everyone, and he loved every person he ever met. He gave us 91 years of laughs and great memories. His funeral was by far the best gathering of family and friends. There were tears but mostly huge Mario smiles and lots of stories and laughing. Just as Grampa would have wanted.


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