At a Brooklyn Institution, Old School Goes iPad

(The New York Times) Jerry Costigliola has spent 29 years, or more than half his life, working at Gargiulo’s, the Brooklyn restaurant and Coney Island institution. In all that time, Mr. Costigliola, 45, has relied on a pad and pen to scribble orders of linguine in clam sauce and fried mozzarella. But three months ago, he traded in his paper for an iPad.

“It took some getting used to, don’t get me wrong,” Mr. Costigliola said on a recent afternoon, standing in the marble dining room in a black tuxedo uniform, his bow tie wilting in the heat. “But as long as you don’t get aggravated and make a mistake, the iPad makes the job easier.”

Walking into Gargiulo’s, which opened in 1907, is like opening the door to an earlier era, when fine dining meant white linen tablecloths, valet parking and book-length menus heavy on the red sauce and the waistline. So it caught many regulars by surprise when their favorite waiters began greeting them with the computer tablets, part of a sweeping new technical upgrade and not the only change afoot.