The Nostalgia Night Dinner Series at the St. Lawrence Club in Cos Cob continued on Friday. Timed to coincide with Cinco de Mayo, the Remember Fonda La Paloma night featured an authentic Mexican meal reminiscent of the fare served for decades at Fonda La Paloma in Cos Cob, now home to Little Pub. Guests enjoyed ceviche, carnitas, fajitas, and Mexican beer. After dinner, the party continued with Karaoke Master, Mike Lehman.
“In 1968 two Mexican gentlemen had an idea,” explained Jimmy Capparelle between courses. “They started Fonda La Paloma on East 49th Street in New York City near the United Nations. It was a chef named Alberto Ossorio, along with Sal Hernandez. Then they came to Greenwich.”
“Three Italians from Cos Cob put up the money for the business –my father, who was a builder, his friend and an accountant backed them. The Mexican gentlemen hired a man named Carlos Vivero as a bus boy. A little at a time, Carlos bought into business, eventually owning half of Fonda La Paloma,” Capparelle said, adding that he owned the other half.