Wine & Food Connoisseurs came naturally, born and raised in the restaurant and bar businesses -- Babbo's daughters -- Francesca, a Chef, Sommelier, Freelance Journalist and Photographer. And Cecile, Baker and Cook, Freelance Journalist, a master at Marketing, and accomplished Businesswoman and Author. Along with son, Mast' Antonio Junior, Chef Tony, ardently carry on the family tradition to bring you the skinny, on the best FoodsNWines!
--Roots dating back over four generations from Italy to the USA. When nonno Santo, opened his first Hotel and Restaurant in Stony Brook, Long Island, NY that tragically, burned in a fire. Moving his young family, to Miami, FL, for a fresh start, where Tony, Mast' Antonio, Santo affectionately, called his son. As a youngster, fished in the Miami River, roller-skated to the local grocery store, for family and neighbors. Rode his pony, amongst stunning waterways and backdrops of lively, construction, after the city allowed gambling and lax regulation. Propelling many to migrate from northern USA to downtown Miami, Fl.
Opening, the first Italian establishment, on 1st Avenue, and Brickell, called the Empire Bar & Grill. Later adapting the name, Allegro, where Santo introduced, ‘Small Plates.’ Delicious samplings of the menu, handed out to patrons enthusiastically, waiting to dine. Enjoying, harmonious vibes from local musicians, entertaining the guests. Hence, the name, ‘Allegro,’ was born, and the next generation of family-owned, restaurants, and bars.
Following, a second, Allegro and first sidewalk café on Bruckner Blvd, Bronx, New York. Then, a 3rd Allegro, Home of Fine Foods on Pelham Parkway, in the Bronx. Where Mast' Antonio, Babbo now and Master chef. Alongside his beautiful wife, Lucile and brilliant pastry chef, continued the family tradition of fine dining. Delighting oodles of regulars from families, local businesses, doctors, nurses, fire fighters. Even up and coming actors, and fashion designers, and a main hangout for NYPD’s, 41st precinct.
Everyone loved the Allegro, from the wide menu of amazing foods and signature dishes, the energetic bar with luscious cocktails, superb wines, and unique collection of spirits. To the catered events, from the weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, wild truffle and handmade-pasta soirees, and annual venison parties, always complimentary to dear friends, extended family, and patrons.
As the festive upbringing came full circle, this beloved restaurateur with his enterprising son and business partner, Santino. Expanded the family business into New York City's, Discothèque scene. Building, club Heat from a massive, abandoned warehouse in Manhattan’s Canal district. To one of the hottest nightclubs and main rival to legendary, Steve Rubell’s, Studio 54. Triggering multimedia frenzies, celebrity sightings, two Rock and Roll shows a night, with long waiting lines reaching almost to the West Side Highway--