Monday January 29, 2018

Best Bets for Breakfast: Maria's Family Restaurant

Cozy restaurant on Oswego's westside presents a taste of Italy
By Lou Sorendo

    An Italian omelet and a cinnamon roll pancake are favorites at Maria's

    (Editor's note: This feature is being presented in correct form because of several production errors that occurred in the recently published College Life edition.)

    In Italy, breakfast is known as colazione.


    Maria Conzone, owner and general manager of Maria’s Family Restaurant, 111 W. Second St., Oswego, brings a taste of Italy to the Port City with her daily food specialties and all-day breakfast.


    Conzone will be celebrating her sixth year in business in February. She noted more college students are patronizing her business every year.


    “I feel that we are an in-between restaurant. We’re not expensive, and we are not a diner per se, not that they are bad or anything,” she said. “We’re in the middle where I can serve you a nice, home-cooked meal.”


    Of course, Conzone adheres to the “Italian way,” which is to ensure patrons’ bellies are full and appetites satisfied when they leave.


    The restaurant features its signature cinnamon roll pancakes. Conzone also makes her own raisin bread, and other homemade delicacies include scalloped potatoes, sauces and desserts.


    “My parents were in the restaurant business and I was practically born in restaurant. It’s in my blood,” she noted.


    Conzone said she gets her gratification from seeing people enjoy her food as well as patrons who socialize from table to table.


    “As far as the college kids, if ever they are downtown and anything happens, we have a safe place and they can come here. We’ll take care of them,” she said.


    In terms of her senior and local customers, “they are my friends and family here at Maria’s,” she said.


    The family owned and operated business offers plenty of street and parking lot parking.


    • Phone: 315-216-4562

    • Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday

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Oswego County Business Magazine
Issue 154

Issue 154
February/March 2018

Cover Story

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