Firpo’s Restaurant, Chowringhee, Calcutta, 1917

ফ্যারপো’স রেস্তরাঁ,চৌরঙ্গি, কলকাতা, ১৮১৭
Firpo’s Restaurant in Calcutta was established after the Great War I around 1917 by Angelo Firpo, an Italian by birth and culture. He opened several famous restaurants, a tea room that was the favorite spot for high society, a renowned pastry shop, and a popular catering service that delighted Lord Irwin, the Viceroy and Governor of India, several maharajas, and very important dignitaries. His refined cuisine made him famous worldwide. The story was that the Governor-General and his court ate lunch there every Sunday. Later, it was only the creme de la creme who found their way there. The cabaret acts were European and the orchestra was a big band – trumpets, saxophones, trombones etc. The dance floor was full size, and the only sprung floor in India, giving dancers an extra lift as they Quick-stepped and Waltzed and Tangoed their way through the night. Firpo’s didn’t have an a la carte menu; it was strictly table d’hote – always a five-course meal, always with perfect options, always scrumptious. Between 1917 and 1960, A. Firpo Ltd in Calcutta employed more than 500 people. It has a turnover of one billion liras at the time and produced bread for the entire Bengal region.
Photograph was taken by Frank B. Sykes, in c1927


9 comments on “Firpo’s Restaurant, Chowringhee, Calcutta, 1917

  1. […] number of blogs/sites have got some interesting coverage of Firpo’s in its heydays – in PuronoKolkata, in noisebreak (which also has a pic of the undisputed heartthrob of our Emerald Bower days; yes, […]

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  3. Mr Firpo was awarded an OBE, He died in London in 1948. A nephew also called Angelo carried on with the catering business in Calcutta.

  4. Amit bose says:

    Those were the days my dear friends now kolkata stinks dirty filthy n roads are teeming with people low grade snatching rampant no security para goonda a rule the roost no industry no jobs the chief minister lies through her speech but nothing is done no industry no jobs nothing waste of time n man power. Only oped is restaurants fast food n hairdressing parlours. Rest is a myth
    Kolkata has lost it’s charm house to the elderly only tough terms young hv gone

    • সবিনয় নিবেদন,
      মন্তব্যের জন্যে ধন্যবাদ! মনে করি, সেকালের কলকাতার নৈতিক চরিত্র প্রশ্নাতীত ছিলনা। এই পত্রিকায় তুলনামূলক সমাজিক বা রাজনৈতিক আলোচনা ঠিক প্রাসঙ্গিকও নয়। শুভেচ্ছা জানবেন

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