Here are four of the ten things I’ve identified that folks in Amsterdam have been able to do since at least 1950. I’ll share the other six in my new book: Fifty Amsterdam New York Top Ten Lists, which will be available in September of 2017.
Order a pizza at Bottisti’s – The pizza at Amsterdam’s first ever dedicated pizzeria hasn’t changed since Herm Bottisti started making them in the late 1940’s. His sons and now his grandchildren are carrying on the great tomato pie tradition at this Van Derveer Street Landmark.
Get their car serviced at Sikorski’s – Cas Sikorski built the business with hard work, great service and by treating his customers fairly. Cas’s son Fran has doubled down on that formula plus filled the garage at the foot of Locust Avenue with a crew of top-trained mechanics and the latest auto technology.
Get a shot and a beer at Russo’s – and don’t forget a sausage sandwich and maybe fries with gravy too. Started out as an illegal speakeasy during Prohibition behind John Russo’s West Main Street “Mohawk Grocery Store.” Two generations of the Russo family have kept it going since and today, John’s talented grandson Mike Russo is running Amsterdam’s most popular eatery and watering hole. No truth to the rumor that Mike is running an illegal grocery store in the back of the place.
Purchase Insurance from the DiBlasi Agency – Meadeo and Catherine DiBlasi started an insurance business inside their Division Street residence right after he got home from service in World War II. His sons and now his grandson are keeping that business going in the DiBlasi Agency’s Guy Park Avenue location.