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Simeone's Italian-American Restaurant Memorabilia Collection, 1964

Identifier: 069

Collection Overview

This collection contains memorabilia from Simeone’s Italian-American Restaurant, including menus, photos, and fliers. Additionally included are personal thank you notes from the Kennedy family for the Simeone family’s contribution to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.


  • 1964

Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials in this collection are subject to copyright and intellectual property restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Researchers must obtain written permission from the copyright owner(s) if they wish to publish materials from this collection. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections.


Simeone’s Italian-American Restaurant opened on February 18, 1946 by Joseph and Anthony Simeone. The restaurant was a longtime dream for Joseph, who used to write home about starting his own restaurant while serving in World War II. By 1948, two more brothers, Stanley and Victor, had joined the business. Located at 21-29 Brookline Street just outside of Central Square, the restaurant became a popular spot to enjoy classic Italian foods and great family-run service (“Servizio Con Sorriso” or “Service with a Smile” was printed on all of their menus). By the 1970s, the restaurant boasted three large dining rooms and sold approximately 200 pizzas per day. The cuisine grew to be well-liked by locals and visitors alike, attracting everyone from the Kennedys to Tony Curtis to the stars of the 1980 Olympic Hockey team. Unfortunately, the restaurant fell victim to a fire on March 28, 1976 and was never reopened. Joseph Simeone later joined the faculty at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School until his death in 1988.


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1 Files (Folder)

14 Items

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Organization of Collection

10 items grouped by material type.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Cambridge Public Library
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Cambridge MA 02138 USA