HI TOM....AS I RECALL, THE PONTANI FAMILY ALSO OWNED THE LIQUOR STORE ON HAMILTON AVENUE NEAR CHAMBERS FOR QUIT SOME TIME. REGARDS.
Is this the same liquor store owned by the Lucidis in the
1940s? They were three doors down from our restaurant.
I just assumed that such names were associated with the town from which the family had it's origins, perhaps a coastal fishing village? Or, perhaps to give a simple place in Trenton some "zing" or flair. As a kid I was always puzzled that the Hudson Beer Garden was nothing like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Where were the toga draped young ladies playing harps amid trays of grapes, figs and other exotic fruit?
Descendants of the Pontani family might be able to tell you the origin. The Pontani brothers run a Jewelry store at five points in Mercervill where the old Exxon Station was.