Globe Interviews Original Anthony About Prince Spaghetti Commercial Remake Without Him


Following up with Anthony Martignetti, the Boston Globe asks why the new Prince Spaghetti commercial has a new actor instead of the original Anthony!

Martignetti says he doesn’t want to sound bitter, but being asked why he’s not in the new commercial has become as common as hearing people yell his name. “Why couldn’t they have got the real Anthony? He’s available,” said a man who dashed out of a convenience store yelling “Anthony” as Martignetti walked by.

“They went out of their way to make it look like the original, why not just use the original?” Martignetti replied. “I would have done it for free. An old Italian tradition passed down to a new generation. Can you imagine me calling my son out the window? This isn’t the 70s anymore. I’m a single parent. There’s so much they could have done with it.”

Read the article at the Boston Globe.

The original Prince Spaghetti commercial first aired in 1969 staring 12-year old Anthony Martignetti and Mary Fiumara as the mother yelling out the window … “Anthony! Anthony!” Both Anthony and Mary were from the North End at the time. The apartment building that Anthony was running home to was located on Powers Court in Boston’s North End.

In the new TV spot, young Anthony is shown in black and white running through today’s North End in full color. Recognizable locations include the Prado with Paul Revere’s statue, Hanover Street and Regina Pizzeria. Anthony is shown racing up Margaret Street toward his “home” on Sheafe Street. At the end of the commercial, the out-of-breath young boy entering the family’s apartment has been replaced by a new adult actor portraying a grown-up version of Anthony in a modern family.

Read more about the remake of the commercial.

The new commercial is shown below followed by the original 1969 version.

Below is the original 1969 version:

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3 Responses to Globe Interviews Original Anthony About Prince Spaghetti Commercial Remake Without Him

  1. frank gargano Thu, Sep. 26, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    Just hate the new one every time I see it they should of used Anthony in some way maybe the older person coming in the door or even what Anthony said him calling his son and making it the same way to the house it would of looked great because a lot has changed in view of the area this way it would of been old family time to new age family time isn’t prince pasta a tradition so make the commercial the same way

  2. Frank Firicano Thu, Sep. 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Prince probably didn’t want to continue to pay the “real” Anthony any more residuals. Shame on Prince. Anyone for a plate of Barilla?

  3. Corinne Fri, Sep. 27, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    I agree too bad they should have continued the old Anthony! I remember when that commercial came out the tourist would call out Anthony! Which was annoying since most Italians have an Anthony including me. But what can you do not too many people today call Anthony from the window

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