Michigan’s Very best Area Eats: Teddy Spaghettis shares family members Italian recipes with Muskegon

MUSKEGON, MI – Do-it-yourself Italian foods is a labor of like at Teddy Spaghettis in Muskegon.

Owned by Ted Cerniglia and his daughter Francesca Giddings, Teddy Spaghettis serves genuine Italian food items handcrafted from relatives recipes that date again just about a century.

“It’s our way of sharing our spouse and children record. We just enjoy to cook, so if we weren’t carrying out it in this potential, we’d just be accomplishing it at household,” stated Giddings.

The Muskegon cafe traces its historical past again to 1939 when Cerniglia’s grandparents opened a restaurant in Rockford, Illinois. Cerniglia branched out in 1986 when he opened the Pine-Apple Café on the corner of Pine Road and Apple Avenue in downtown Muskegon.

In 2009, Teddy Spaghettis opened at 3032 Heights Ravenna Road wherever clients can dine under an ivy-draped trellis in the Italian cafe model eating room.

It serves a robust menu of pastas, pizzas, calzones, salads and a lot more with recipes stemming from loved ones cookbooks embellished with handwritten notes and recipes handed down by generations.

“We just took all of that, realized and invested many years perfecting it,” reported Cerniglia.


A staple dish of lasagna is layered with built-from-scratch meatballs, six cheeses and spaghetti sauce for $11.75.

House of the toasted ravioli, Teddy Spaghettis serves stuffed ravioli tossed in breadcrumbs, deep fried and topped with sauce for $9.95 or a grande serving for $13.95.

“For me there’s practically nothing improved than another person coming in, possessing a food and, quickly, we get to see the fruits of our labor,” Cerniglia stated.

Cerniglia says they present “many signature items” but the Rage of Rome is exclusive to Muskegon County. A dish of penne noodles smothered in spicy vodka sauce can be tasted for $9.99.

“You can get vodka sauces, but you simply cannot get just one like this,” said Cerniglia.

Giddings joined Teddy Spaghettis whole-time after graduating from Aquinas University with a small business diploma three years back. The youngest of five small children, Giddings started washing dishes at the age of 10 and realized by sixth quality she wished to operate the restaurant.

“As Italians, we emote with food stuff so everything we do is sort of all around foodstuff. That is what delivers our spouse and children alongside one another,” she mentioned.

Giddings tracked down archival pictures of her household and exhibited them through the cafe to display the history driving the handcrafted dishes.

Cerniglia states the restaurant is about “more than food” by carrying on the spouse and children legacy.

“The folks that arrived prior to us,” he stated. “We’re very pleased to hold that custom heading and giving it to a group that responds to it.”

Teddy Spaghettis is open up Monday by Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

More info can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook page, teddyspaghettis.internet or by calling 231-777-8337.

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