Growing up in and around her family’s Italian bakery in Cleveland, Angie Rito’s passion for Italian cuisine and cooking grew naturally from a young age. Her family has owned and operated Rito’s Bakery and import store in Cleveland since 1965. Her grandfather opened the business when he came to the United States from Sicily. Angie learned about cooking, baking, and running a business as an integral part of her childhood, instilling the dream that one day, she would like to open her own restaurant. Likewise, her grandmother, who is from Naples, also had a huge impact on her life and her cooking. A passion for food led Scott Tacinelli away from a successful career as an advertising sales rep after eight years in the industry at CBS radio. Being brought up in New Jersey in an Italian-American family with a mother and grandparents who were avid cooks, he has always had a deep love for food, especially Italian. Tacinelli enrolled in the French Culinary Institute while taking on a job as a cook at a local restaurant in New Jersey. Before graduation, he was hired as a line cook under Craig Koketsu at the newly opened Park Avenue Summer and quickly progressed, being promoted to sous chef a year later.
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