Spaghetti and meatballs might have originated in Italy but today the dish is synonymous with classic American comfort food.
On Wednesday, National Spaghetti Day, Eddy Marinelli and chef Angelo Giannuzzi of DiMaggio’s Trattoria in Port Washington, N.Y. stopped by Fox & Friends to share some of their signature takes on traditional pasta dishes.
DiMaggio’s, which opened its doors in 1978, has a very loyal clientele, including Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
“I’m having spaghetti right now for breakfast,” The O'Reilly Factor host quipped to the Fox & Friends team as Giannuzzi prepared a spaghetti dish with broccoli rabe and fresh garlic.
New York has plenty of Italian eateries but the quality of ingredients and freshly prepared dishes keep O’Reilly coming back to DiMaggio’s on Long Island.
“The guys go out and they prepare stuff every day that is not sittin’ around,” says O’Reilly. “The ingredients are genuine and they take pride—and that’s the important word—in their presentation and their food.”
In addition to the spaghetti, O’Reilly also enjoys the fresh fish "prepared anyway you like," generously portioned appetizers and veal. But his go-to pasta dish combines elements from the land and sea.
“My favorite linguine-spaghetti thing is with the clam sauce.”
The DiMaggio’s owner says O’Reilly is “very, very generous” when it comes to tipping his staff for a job well done.