Roots dating back over four generations from Italy, to the USA, when nonno Santo, opened the Stony Brook Restaurant and Hotel, in Long Island, NY, tragically, burning down in a fire. Santo moved his young family, to Miami, FL, for a fresh start. Where Tony, Mast' Antonio, Santo affectionately called his son, as a young boy, fished in the Miami River. Roller-skated to the local grocery store for family and neighbors, and rode his pony amongst stunning waterways. Also, amid the backdrops of construction and prohibition when the city, allowed gambling and lax regulation, sending thousands of people migrating from the north US, to downtown Miami.
Capitalizing, on the opening of the first Italian establishment, on 1st Avenue and Brickell, Santo's, Empire Bar & Grill, later adapting the name, Allegro. To entice new customers, Santo introduced, ‘Small Plates,’ delicious samplings of the menu handed out to patrons, enthusiastically, waiting to dine. Additionally, featuring a lively and harmonious place with local musicians entertaining, the guests. Hence, the name, ‘Allegro’ was born and the next generation of family, Restaurants and Bars.
Years later, Mast' Antonio (Babbo, and Master Chef), moved the family back to New York. Continuing the tradition and excellence in fine dining, created the second Allegro restaurant, and first sidewalk café on Bruckner Blvd, Bronx, NY. Onto, a 3rd Allegro, Home of Fine Foods, on Pelham Parkway in the Bronx and with unmatched skills, and his beautiful wife, Lucile, a brilliant pastry chef. Took great care assembling a team of the best chefs, sommeliers and expert culinary staff, delighting oodles of regulars.
Following, this Restaurateur together with his son, Santino, and business partner. Expanded the family business into New York City's, Discothèque scene. Building Heat, from an abandoned warehouse into a famous, Manhattan nightclub and main rival to the legendary, Steve Rubell's, Studio 54. Igniting many a media frenzy and sundry celebrity sightings, with two Rock and Roll Superstar shows, a night and vast waiting lines all the back to the West Side Highway.
Fast forward, Today, Babbo's daughters - Born and raised in the restaurant and bar businesses, both naturally, talented cooks, bakers, confectioners and wine stewards, in their own right. Francesca, Chef, Food & Wine specialist, Media Entrepreneur, Writer and Photographer. Together with Cecile, Master of Marketing, Accomplished Business woman, and Author. And brother, Mast' Antonio, Jr., Chef Tony, ardently, carry on the family tradition, traveling the world to bring you the skinny, on the best, FoodsNWines!