Whenever Ray Romano comes back to NYC to visit his friends and family, he always tries to stop by a few of his favorite local haunts including Comedy Cellar, Olive Tree Cafe & Bar and his neighborhood hangout, Lillian Pizzeria.
“I’ve been going there since I was 15 and the same people, Tony and Lillian, own it now, 40 years later,” he told the New York Post. “Here’s how long ago I started going there: My mother would give me a dollar. The slices were a quarter, so I would get three slices of pizza and then a Coke for 15 cents, and I’d still have a dime for the jukebox.”
And of course, no trip to the Big Apple would be complete without visiting Dylan’s Candy Bar. “We always make a trip there and load up on stuff,” Romano revealed. “When you go there, they ask celebs to make their own candy mix. I threw some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in there, and maybe some assorted fudges. Fudge is a funny word. Also, maybe some jelly or gummy fish.”
The 55-year-old actor spent the first 38 years of his life living in Queens, mainly Forest Hills. In fact, he liked his hometown so much that he didn’t move out of his parents’ house until he was 29. “I grew up in a neighborhood where you knew your neighbor, you knew the guys on this block, you didn’t like the guys on the other block and everybody met at the school yard,” he added.