Interview with Mike Cioffi, Owner of the Phoenicia Diner

For the sixth anniversary of my radio show, I’m turning some of my interviews with the most interesting guests into podcasts. Click on the orange arrow above to hear the podcast.

On Christmas 2014, I interviewed Mike Cioffi of the now famous Phoenicia Diner in Phoenicia on Route 28 in the Catskills. Mike was a fantastic guest talking about growing up in Brooklyn, his love of food, running a business and how he set up the diner.

The Phoenicia Diner was just recently voted the best small-town restaurant in New York State by Thrillist and continues to be one of the most popular – if not the most popular – restaurants in the Catskills. Every day it’s open it is packed with a full parking lot.

2 thoughts on “Interview with Mike Cioffi, Owner of the Phoenicia Diner

  1. daniel oconnell

    This was great Jenny. I was listening live when you said your guest didn’t show up. I would have missed this! Did you say you only just went there for the first time a few weeks ago (I was listening while outside and it was windy)? How could you resist all of those times you passed by?

    Why aren’t farmers rich?

    I met Mike at the Peekamoose on a Sunday night when he was with Jack before he opened. I had a failed detour in the food business in 2008-10 so I offered what little I knew to Mike, which was essentially, are you nuts? So glad he is prospering. Great show.


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