Our roots date back over three generations from Italy to the United States. When Nonno Santo, our grandfather, opened restaurants from the Stony Brook Hotel Restaurant, in Long Island, NY that tragically burned in a fire - to the Empire Bar & Grill, on 1st Avenue and 1st Street, in downtown Miami, walking distance to their residence, on Brickell Avenue. Neighboring the late Mary Brickell, a lovely lady and namesake to Downtown Miami’s, Mary Brickell Village. And also, where Mast' Antonio (Santo’s son, our Dad) as a young boy roller-skated on Brickell Avenue, fished in the Miami River and rode his pony amongst dirt roads and stunning waterways, shopping at the local grocery store.
To entice new customers, Nonno Santo executed his vision, offering small plates as samplings of his menu, as well as featuring local entertainment, presenting a lively musical place; hence, the name "ALLEGRO," was born and the next generation of family Bar and Restaurant.
Mast' Antonio (Babbo) and his unparalleled culinary skills, along with his beautiful pastry chef wife, Lucile, carried on the family tradition and excellence in fine dining, opening the Allegro Inn, in Bronx, New York. Taking great care assembling a team of only the best chefs, sommeliers, and experienced kitchen and dining staff.
Decades later this Restaurateur and Master Chef, with his son and business partner, Santino, expanded the family business into New York's, Discothèque scene. Opening up, "Heat," a famous Manhattan nightclub and main rival to the legendary, “Studio 54” engaging in many a media frenzy, and frequent celebrity sitings.
Today - Babbo’s daughters, Francesca, Media Entrepreneur, Writer and Photographer for multiple Food and Wine affiliations, and Cecile, Master of Marketing, Accomplished Business woman, and Author.
Born and raised in the restaurant and bar businesses, naturally are talented cooks, bakers, confectioners and wine stewards in their own right. Ardently carrying on the family tradition, traveling the world and bringing you the skinny on the best FoodsNWines!
Here's to sampling, abundantly... Cheers, grazie e Buon Appetito!
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