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The Carlos


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May 27, 1906


New York City


In his diary, Ashcan School artist John Sloan recorded several visits to the Carlos on West 24th Street, which faced a drab building concealing architect Stanford White’s infamous love nest. The Carlos was the type of restaurant known as an “Italian table d’hôte,” offering an à la carte menu as well as an inexpensive set dinner with a pasta dish, such as the one shown here that cost sixty-five cents. The à la carte menu at the new Italian restaurants did not stray far from the standard American menu, typically offering Anglo roast meats, French-inspired entrées, and Italian-American dishes made with locally-available ingredients. It was a formula for success: by the twenty-first century there were 28,000 Italian restaurants (excluding pizzerias) in the United States.