In keeping with Tony Graziano’s rich Italian heritage, food was often the center of family gatherings. Tony’s dream was to share that love of food by opening an Italian Restaurant. Locals, tourists, business people, entertainers, and sports figures often would plan a stop at Grazianoís for a taste of Tonyís famous recipes. One thing was for sure…if they came there once, they would be back again!
Equal to Tony’s love of food, was his passion for boxing. Tony was instrumental in developing modern day boxing. He was the first manager of World Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Carmen Basilio. He also managed the careers of Carmenís nephew, World Welterweight Champion Billy Backus, and IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Rocky Fratto. Tony has stayed active in boxing circles for decades, and it is no small coincidence that the International Boxing Hall of Fame is only 200 yards from Graziano’s.
Tony remains active in the restaurant on a daily basis. His daughter Valerie and her husband Tim are now working with Tony to continue the tradition. Stop in to say hello, and enjoy this Central New York tradition.
The Family Tradition continues…. Tony’s daughter Valerie actively manages the business with Tony, and granddaughter Antonia is already learning the family recipes passed down for generations.
Tony’s mother, Maria, taught Tony the art of cooking, which Tony perfected. You can still experience “old world” cooking at its finest.
Tony Graziano shares a moment with his good friend Carmen Basilio, World Welterweight and Middlewight Champion.
Tony managed Billy Backus, World Welterweight Champion through his career. Here Billy is seen fighting Joe Napoles for the championship in 1977.