Wednesday, April 20


Lusco's by Amy Evans Streeter, 2003

In 1933, Sicilian immigrants Charles and Marie Lusco opened a small grocery store in Greenwood, Mississippi. The store evolved into a restaurant that quickly gained a reputation as the place for the Delta gentry to get fresh fish, great steaks, and a dose of Charles Lusco’s homemade wine served to them in the privacy of curtained booths. 

This year, Andy and Karen Pinkston, the fourth generation of the family to run the restaurant, celebrate Lusco's 78th year in business in the same great building on Carrollton Ave. Recently, they featured some Lusco family recipes as specials: spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, and eggplant romano. Of course you can still get their famous pompano, broiled shrimp, and homemade onion rings.

We documented Lusco's in 2003 as part of our Greenwood Restaurants project, one of our very first formal oral history efforts. After watching so many family-owned restaurants close their doors in the intervening years, we're glad to help Lusco's, our Delta neighbor, celebrate almost eight decades in business.