Chef Mario started in the restaurant business when he was just a young boy. His father Giovanni was born in Bari and owned a successful cafe called Caffe Mille Luci and restaurant called Il Grottino on 18th Avenue and 72nd Street in Brooklyn for 28 years. Mario learned a lot from his father during his childhood and as he grew older, developed a desire to learn even about the business. After attending a 2-year college, Mario felt he needed more experience. Deciding to specialize in his family’s native Italian cuisine, he relocated to Italy. He traveled through Southern, Central, and Northern Italy and worked in various kitchens of Italy’s restaurants, including those with Michelin Star Ratings. He knew learning from the masters was the best way to attempt to accomplish greatness. After stints at landmark Manhattan restaurants like Cipriani, Rainbow Room, Coco Pazzo, and Terrance Brennan, he eventually worked his way back to Staten Island, and served as Executive Chef of Angelina’s Ristorante. He then moved on to become the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Nove Itlalian Bistro. Most recently Mario opened his own restaurant on Richmond Road in Staten Island.