Thursday, January 02, 2014
During the Holidays, Reader Ben wrote in to say that Casa Rosa, the old fashioned Italian eatery at 384 Court Street, has closed its doors. Ben reported: "Tables and chairs have been completely cleared out, the store is dark and the door is padlocked. Not surprising -- this kind of Italian food has fallen out of vogue in favor of nouveau Italian like Frankie's. But Vinny's and Red Rose still burn the candle brightly over on Smith."
Casa Rosa first opened at the corner of Court Street and Carroll Street in 1979.
Many Carroll Gardens newcomers probably never set foot in the eatery, but it was only one of a handful of restaurants that served the neighborhood when I first moved here in 1985. The food was nothing spectacular, and in recent years, the quality had declined. The decor was rather dated as well.
It certainly could not have helped matters much that the building housing the restaurant has been on the market twice, once in 2008 and more recently, in 2011.
The Daily News confirms the closing. Apparently, the owner, Louis Catuogno, who took over the restaurant in the late 1990s, passed away a few months ago.
If you have any personal memories of Casa Rosa, I would love to hear them. Better yet, if you remember Gloria's, the famous pizzeria that was predates the restaurant at that location, please share. How great was the pizza?