Anthony Gonçalves of 42 The Restaurant - Biography

White Plains, NY

September 2013

Anthony Gonçalves grew up close to his family in New York and close to his roots in Portugal. He spent summers on the Iberian Peninsula visiting relatives and, of course, eating jamón Ibérico, shellfish, and other regional specialties. Though he appreciated the warm and vibrant food culture of his family, as a young man he was more focused on soccer. When a knee injury ended his dream of playing professional soccer, Gonçalves got a job bussing tables at a family friend’s restaurant. He turned this Westchester County opportunity into a World Cup-style gooooooooal.

In addition to absorbing everything he could about the restaurant business, front to back, Gonçalves looked to Portugal for culinary inspiration. His grandmother, Gloria, and his father, Tony, shared recipes and techniques with him, and he mined his own memories of family meals and trips to Europe. Taking advantage of another opportunity, he revamped and reinvigorated Trotters in White Plains before eventually working his way up the Ritz Carlton Westchester tower to partner in the joint Iberian-styled venture 42 The Restaurant and Bellota at 42. A portrait of his father hangs in the soaring dining room where Gonçalves serves food inspired by the tascas and adegas of his childhood summers in Portugal.