1907 Antonio “Dan” Consilvio leaves Castiglione, Italy
for America, passing through Ellis Island, New York on April 29, 1907. He returns
to Italy to marry Pierina Magnacca on July 9, 1914. Four months later, Dan
Consilvio brings his new bride to Endicott, New York to begin their new lives.
1916 Dan Consilvio legally changes the family name to
Consol on January 1, 1916.
1917 Adolph “Duff” Consol is born July 2, 1917.
1942 Uncle Duff begins his World War II service,
becoming an expert baker in U.S. Army mess halls.
1946 Duff opens his legendary Italian restaurant, Duff’s
Tavern, in 1946 on Odell Avenue in Endicott, New York. The restaurateur coins
the terms Hot Pies as the nickname for his sensationally poplar thin-crust
unique packaging for Hot Pies ordered to go—wrapping them in a twisted steeple
of white butcher paper. The open-air wrapping allows the steam to escape and
prevents the Hot Pies from becoming soggy and taking on a cardboard taste. The wrapping
quickly becomes a visual signature for Duff’s Tavern.
1989 Uncle Duff retires and nephew Jim Consol takes
over the restaurant in December 1989.
1995 December 16, 1995, Jim Consol marries wife Teri,
whose own Italian heritage is responsible for the restaurant’s signature
dessert, Grandma G’s Chocolate Cake.
1998 Grilled pizzas are added to the menu. Cooked from
start to finish on an open fire, these pizzas are distinguished by their smoky,
2000 Alana Consol, next generation restaurateur, is
born February 7, 2000.
2005 Zio, Jim Consol’s second restaurant, opens in
Charlotte, May 2005. The name, which means “uncle” in Italian, is chosen to
honor the restaurants’ founder.