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June 18th, 2002

Prince Spaghetti Day

Many people know that Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day. Back in the 50s, Prince Spaghetti dubbed the middle day of the week as that fateful day in order to spread the word about pasta.

If you could always associate a day of the week with a food, though, what would it be? As for me, I’d be happy with Falafel Fridays and possibly Taco Thursdays.

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 18, 2002 -- 10:40:47 am
Growing up a town over from Lowell, I knew ALL about Prince Spaghetti Day. When I said the phrase to my girlfriend, she thought I was nuts. I guess people in Ohio aren't cultured enough to know about Prince Spaghetti Day.

Since we quite often had pizza on Fridays when I was growing up, Friday will always be Pizza Day for me.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 18, 2002 -- 11:42:00 am
Wednesday was, is, and shall forever be Hump Day.

I would make Friday Pizza Day but I never have anyone to share it with me.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday June 18, 2002 -- 12:43:46 pm
I'm from Ohio. While we may be forced to weather affronts to lack of culture, we do have TV. Who can forget the grainy commercial, a scene in Italy of little Diego (the boy's name, if my memory is correct, which I doubt) suddenly turning away from his playmates at the sound of his mother's call and running through the streets of Italy to get home because it was Wednesday and hence Prince spaghetti day. For me, living in New Orleans for twelve years after leaving Ohio for college, Monday will always be Red Beans and Rice day. In New Orleans, Monday was the traditional day the laundry was done and the women were in the yard hanging the clothes to dry while they socialized over the fence. The meal to cook was something that didn't need much attention, so red beans and rice cooked on the stove in a big pot all day long. In these modern times of irregular schedules and two people working (who really does laundry any more? Be honest!)Monday is still reserved for red beans and rice specials at nearly every restaurant throughout the city.
Now that I'm in Springfield, Mass, and a full time student again, it seems that every day, unfortunately, is Prince macaroni and cheese day (way better than Kraft, by the way--perhaps best mac & cheese can be fodder for a future topic discussion)

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday June 18, 2002 -- 12:45:08 pm
I knew I was wrong. The link clearly shows that it was "Anthony." Must be the lack of culture.

FROM: King Random
DATE: Tuesday June 18, 2002 -- 1:03:13 pm
Well, in our family, we always have eggs and bagels on friday nights, as it is easy to make, and well, tradition. Wednesday for us is usually taco night, because I am the only one home early enough to make dinner, and thats about the only thing a can or am willing to make. I have never heard of prince spagetti Wednesday, and I am mostly Italian. I don't know how to explain that. Maybe because I grew up in Virginia. Oh well, now I know.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday June 18, 2002 -- 3:50:47 pm
Growing up, Friday's were fend-for-yourself day. Friday's are pizza day for us now.

FROM: jim
DATE: Wednesday June 19, 2002 -- 12:57:06 am
This ping reminded me of Monty Pythons documentary on the spagetti harvest in Italy.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday June 19, 2002 -- 8:46:17 am
Lack of culture can rot your brain, Joseph. Beware, beware! ;)

FROM: Big Fat Lizard
DATE: Wednesday June 19, 2002 -- 11:43:11 pm
Hmmm this is interesting...In my town - on Monday and Wednesdays the burglers (burgers) are cheap and McD' many times I'll fly by there if I'm hungry while running around...Wednesdays growing up was ALWAYS pizza Dad was deprived pizza a little bit as a child so he would always buy one for us every single wednesday...(he probably still does I live far away from him now) - I try to eat foods that "absorb" well close to the weekend...because I know sooner or later that will be "beer time!"

FROM: steve
DATE: Tuesday August 27, 2002 -- 5:20:15 pm
People in Ohio eat Mullers. Wednesday was, is, and always will be Prince Spaghetti Day.

FROM: Kathy
DATE: Monday October 28, 2002 -- 5:15:07 pm
I believe "Anthony" is running through the North End in Boston not through the streets of Italy. Can anyone confirm this? ... and by the way ... whether I actually make spaghetti or not that day, Wednesday will always be Prince Spaghetti Day!

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Saturday November 9, 2002 -- 12:46:50 pm
Italy, North End,...big difference.

FROM: Helene
DATE: Sunday December 22, 2002 -- 7:39:08 pm
Please, what is the name of the music playing in the backround during the commerical?

FROM: terry
DATE: Saturday February 22, 2003 -- 8:09:48 pm
People here in florida think I', crazywhen I say. wednesday is prince spaghetti day! They dom't know what they are missing! I can always tell when people are from up north, they always answer me by saying ANTHONY!!!! I love it!

FROM: Deborah
DATE: Saturday October 25, 2003 -- 1:50:02 am
Well, here I go, a californian, plz don't damn me! tee-hee! ;-) To ROB: Wednesday-Prince of Spaghetti Day! Here we go now!!! LOL Leave ur girlfriend alone, she may be right! Watch Out!- Mebbe u don't have cluture in "Her Eyes!" LOL Whoa-babe, that's ur girlfriend!
Robert:Wed. Is "hump day" BABY! Woo-Hoo! Joseph: Mon-redbeans and rice kewl! Here it's laundry day! Yikes! Nah! Just preparing for the wk-end! Our day to prepare to sum'tin special/easy is Rest Up for Monday! Then as U rest for Wed.--busy, busy! "Did I say that?!" "OH!" And then U got cheesy, LMAO!I couln't help myself! LOL
King Random: Eggs and Bagels on Friday? ok....Easy and a nice way to start ur wk-end! (no matter what, no cook (on ur part), no worries! Express urself! It's a song! Listen....sumtime'.
Chris: SO KEWL!!! Pizza Friday! Yeah!
Jim: Kewl! Monty Python! Oh, now I am giving away my age, RAH_RAH _SIS-BOOM-BAH ! ! ! kewl u all? LOL Big Fat Lizard: Nice THeory and nice Deduction!Ur right on!
Steve: Did u start ALL of THIS? LOL
Kathy: I think his name is....Michael? (not confirmed!) Joseph: North or South does make a diff! Yes! I've heard! lol I luvzzzz ya all*...D

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday October 30, 2003 -- 10:39:09 am
If anyone can provide translation services for the above message, please feel free to do so.

FROM: richard
DATE: Tuesday November 11, 2003 -- 2:10:54 pm
Will need to smoke what D is smoking to translate. Please send materials.

FROM: Kevin Binnie
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 1:30:30 pm
Here is the link to Prince Pasta and the legend of Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday May 20, 2004 -- 12:46:33 pm
Steve--"People in Ohio eat Mullers"

First of all, that's Mueller's( Based on the mispelling and lack of possessive s, I'm beginning to doubt that you set foot in Ohio at all--clearly you seem unfamiliar with the product or your solid Ohio education.

Where in Ohio did you live? I remember that insipid jingle from that low budget commercial. God, it's plaguing my brain at this very moment. Make it stop!

Nevermind. In the part of Ohio I lived in, the "non communist" part, we had choice and we were darn proud to exercise it. I recall quite vividly not eating Mueller's spaghetti. In fact I remember not having to go out of my way to shun Mueller's. In order to avoid supporting those who produced that god awful commercial, I merely needed to reach but a few inches to the left or right of the Mueller's to pick out a competing brand. And I knew enough not to pick Pennsylvania Dutch, which was produced by the same company, The American Italian Pasta Company.

That's the miracle of free trade and education in action, my friend, at least in the "non-communist" Ohio I knew.

FROM: Jacquie
DATE: Thursday September 16, 2004 -- 5:04:45 pm
I lived most of my life in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. The Prince Spaghetti commercial is a favorite. Loved seeing Anthony running through the streets of the North End.

I now have my co-workers (Knoxville, TN) saying Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day!!

My daughter is a soccer coach for a high school team in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. The girls are checking the internet; they don't understand why Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day!

I'm happy she told me that the girls were checking the internet. I would have never found y'all!

FROM: jeff
DATE: Tuesday October 19, 2004 -- 1:56:13 pm
it was Anthony and he was in the North End of Boston. His last name was Martenghetti

FROM: met
DATE: Tuesday December 14, 2004 -- 7:09:09 am
And don't forget the ad for Polcari's Italian restaurant, which is a play on the Prince commercial. Anthony (now an adult) is seen in the North End running down the street to work -- and somebody at the restaurant says, "Hey, Anthony, where were you on Wednesday?"

DATE: Wednesday December 15, 2004 -- 1:44:07 pm
Prince bought my dads pasta business in Rochester,NY in 1956, it was always Wednesday in our house EXCEPT Sunday was Prince ????? Day

FROM: doris doyle
DATE: Monday December 20, 2004 -- 12:59:13 pm

FROM: andes
DATE: Thursday December 30, 2004 -- 2:59:25 am
Isn't Tuesday: Soylent Green day? (I always thought that was a play on Prince Spaghetti)

FROM: Beanboy
DATE: Wednesday January 5, 2005 -- 10:25:31 am
Anthony (his real name) grew up behind me in Boston. His parents still live there. Yes, I heard the name Anthony being yelled from the window.

FROM: Mark
DATE: Saturday February 12, 2005 -- 5:57:31 pm
I used to live in Sauguss and Thursday was alaways Lobster Pie Dat at the Hill Top Steak House. They had this old lady who would call out your name for the room you would sit in. (Mark in Carson City) I Loved the Hill Top!!!
Every Friday was Strip Club Night up on Rt 1.

FROM: Bethany
DATE: Monday February 28, 2005 -- 7:09:42 pm
Yeah, like Helene said, does anyone know what the name of the music is that is played during that commerical? It's driving me crazy!!!

FROM: Jane Crosby
DATE: Wednesday March 23, 2005 -- 2:25:03 pm
I was born in NH ,lived most of my life... now in Texas... my co-worker said " What is Prince Spagetti DAy? I have told her the story... so fun... but I always thought it was Tuesday...!!!!!!!!!....Now she says "Its Prince Spagetti Day"!!!!! LOVE IT>>>

FROM: Wolverine
DATE: Wednesday April 13, 2005 -- 11:59:50 am
You can hear the warbled song on the link provided in an earlier thread. I don't know the name of the song, perhaps it was created for the commercial.

FROM: Wolverine
DATE: Wednesday April 13, 2005 -- 12:05:27 pm
I googled this, not sure if it is correct, but sounds right:

Realm: Advertising
Question: Everyone who knows anything about anything knows that Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day in the Italian North End of Boston. According to the famous ad, who is the little boy who answers his mother's Prince Spaghetti call?
Answer: Anthony Martinelli.
Song: "Cherry Hill Park" -- Billy Joe Royal

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday April 13, 2005 -- 2:18:10 pm
This is amazing. That insipid Mueller's jingle plagued my head for years and years. But after I posted here in May of 2004, the jingle is gone. I'm sitting here trying to remember it, and it's just not there. I can't remember the stupid song. I feel like I've lost something from childhood.

FROM: pinc.6
DATE: Sunday June 12, 2005 -- 5:57:05 pm

FROM: Dave [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday August 3, 2005 -- 9:33:59 pm
The reason many people don't know that "Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day" is that the commercials only aired in the North East. To those of us who grew up watching TV in the 70s in New England, you couldn't miss them.

FROM: Chuck
DATE: Tuesday August 9, 2005 -- 7:12:15 pm
I grew up in Chicago and saw the commercial. It always stuck with me. Now my wife who is from Germany knows Wednesday is Prince spaghetti day. She makes a heck of a bolonegse.

DATE: Thursday September 1, 2005 -- 11:46:58 am
His name is Anthony Martignetti. His parents no longer live in the North End (neither does he).

FROM: Brooklyn
DATE: Wednesday September 14, 2005 -- 4:58:05 pm
Friday in my house was always Cake Day..because my mother didn't cook on friday, she said it was her day off and my father would bring home a cake to show his appreciation for her week long of cooking for him

FROM: Larc
DATE: Wednesday September 14, 2005 -- 8:10:59 pm
Anybody know if Anthony Martignetti of Prince's fame is the same Anthony Martignetti who now owns Martignetti's Liquors on E. Houston in NYC? There's a definite resemblance.

FROM: John
DATE: Wednesday February 15, 2006 -- 4:20:34 am
To answer many of your questions, the commercial was shot in 1969 and Anthony Martignetti was the 12 year old who ran through the streets of the North End in Boston. He is distantly related to the Martignetti's Liquors of NYC. Wednesday was and remains Prince Spaghetti day to even current generations because of a princes well marketed commercial.

FROM: George
DATE: Wednesday April 26, 2006 -- 6:21:31 pm
I go back to Prince Day, to when I was 4 and then later I worked at the place when I was in eary teens, and even later after my return from Vietnam, had many a meal there. Even now at 55, I still remember How special Prince Day was and is to us even today. Not many people had the BEST 7 days if they wanted.

FROM: lol
DATE: Thursday April 27, 2006 -- 6:17:40 am
go fuk yaself

FROM: Steve A
DATE: Thursday April 27, 2006 -- 7:13:55 am
Back to the original question, Wednesday on the last ship in which I served was "Sliders" (hamburger) day. There was absolutely no reason other than tradition for it. Personally, I was sick and tired of knowing what I was going to eat on Wednesday!

And no, I wasn't a cook in the military.


DATE: Wednesday May 31, 2006 -- 2:26:59 pm
We also saw the commercial in Detroit in the '70s. I also vaguely remember a parody of this commercial for some local business, but I don't remember any details.

FROM: Jean
DATE: Wednesday June 14, 2006 -- 12:27:46 pm
Even though I've lived in Virginia my entire life, I knew about Prince Spaghetti Day and find myself repeating the line frequently. I had seen the TV commercial, but I can't recall where -- may have been when we visited relatives. I used to listen to the Bruins games on WBZ (could pickup the signal in Virginia) and I heard the radio spots all the time – and the phrase stayed with me over the years.

FROM: piccolo
DATE: Wednesday June 28, 2006 -- 7:56:56 pm
Pittsburgh, PA checking in here.

Not only is Wednesday Prince Spaghetti Day, but Andrew ate 8000 cookies.

Lara January 4, 2007, 8:21 pm

I grew up suburbs of Chicago, and now I live in St. Louis Mo. When I mentioned to my co-workers that Wednesday was Prince Spaghetti Day they all thought I was crazy, and then they said, “Oh it must be a Chicago thing.” Well obviously it is not!

Glenn Driscoll June 26, 2008, 3:52 am

I certainly remember Anthony Martnignetti on that Prince Spaghetti commercial.A classic! There is no doubt that Prince Pastas are the best. In fact, I just got through eating two plates of Prince Rigatoni. Delicious! In my house, whenever I sit down to a meal of one of their fine products, that particular day is always Prince Pasta Day! Being a New England native, I know good pasta and that is Prince! Oh and by the way, Congratulations to the Red Sox and the Celtics for bringing the gold back to Boston! YES!

Bob November 18, 2008, 9:23 pm

Can anyone tell me where did Anthony (of Prince Spaghetti fame) eat the rest of the week ? Its an old commercial during the Boston Red Sox games, that was only shown on Boston TV.

April 1, 2009, 6:25 pm

Anthony Martignetti was an italian imigrant who moved to boston’s north end in 1966. He was walking down the street in 1969 when the producer’s of the commercial stopped and asked for directions giving him the spot in the commercial to play anthony. you can read a story about him in the boston globe from 1999 regarding a law suit he filed against his boss for using racial slurs against him. your can also read the story on peoples site the web address is included.

Darda Ziza June 10, 2009, 7:49 pm

We were joking about Prince Spaghetti Day at work – and I Googled it just for fun. This was real treat to go back in time for a few moments, and watch the YouTube commercial. BTW, here in Detroit, we ALSO had a Prince Spaghetti factory, on the Eastside on Groesbeck Rd. Apparently, it closed in the late 80s when the family sold out to the Ronzoni Co.

We’ve lost a LOT of “local” brands over the years:
Vernor’s, Frito-Lay, Faygo, Chrysler, General Motors…

Cindy October 21, 2009, 12:36 am

I met Anthony yesterday and he posed for a picture with me! He’s a sweetheart!!! πŸ™‚

Joseph October 11, 2011, 10:07 am

I still can’t remember that Mueller’s jingle. It’s been almost ten years. Thanks, Daily Ping! That jingle used to plague me. I can’t find it on the net, either. So awesome. But I do kind of miss it now. So strange that it totally got wiped out of my head!

Dawn April 11, 2012, 10:30 pm

I grew up in Connecticut and every Wednesday you could pretty much count on all your friends having spaghetti. You always knew it would be safe to eat at your friends house ( no mystery casserole you had to eat politely) on Wednesday. I did learn to ask though, because one friend didn’t follow that tradition and they were Portuguese, still don’t know what I ate that night.

Have lived in the Midwest for 25 years and every time I say “Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day” I get strange looks. I was talking about it tonight at supper, Wednesday, but no, not spaghetti.

Ironically I went to my blog site and low and behold there was the video, so I started searching around for the history and found this site. How fun to reminisce about a family tradition and culture in our country that just doesn’t exist anymore.

Kelly April 23, 2012, 11:25 am

Dawn, I’m from Ct too, 49 and Wednesday was Prince spaghetti day too at my house! I think it came from the commercial of an Italian mother yelling for her son for dinner. He ran as fast as her could to get back home because in the south end of Boston Wednesday night is Prince Spaghetti night. πŸ™‚

Chris September 5, 2012, 11:47 am

I don’t remember the jingle but I definitely grew up knowing that Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti day! I recently educated my girlfriend about this fact! πŸ™‚

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