& Flora Daniele were both born from the same hometown of
Castelnouvo, Italy (population of 204) located near the city of
L'Aquila in the Region of Abruzzi, Italy. Flora moved to the
United States when she was only eight years old with her mother
Regina Gasbarre, her sister Gabriella and brother Frank Gasbarre.
Mario came to Canada while on an Italian Military Air Force
Training mission when he was 18 and ended up living in Windsor,
Canada. Later that year Mario met Flora at a wedding
reception in Rochester. Being that they were coincidentally
from the same hometown they spoke for hours and fell instantly in
love. Mario & Flora were married one year later and had
two sons Anthony and Danny Daniele.
Mario & Flora opened their first pizzeria "Mario's"
in Detroit, MI where they spent four years working before moving
to Rochester, NY. In Rochester they opened the
"Carriage Stop Restaurant" in Henrietta. Shortly
after, they opened another pizzeria called "Mario's
Pizzeria" on Monroe Avenue in Pittsford where they saved
enough money to open the legendary "Mario's Pizza &
Pasta" on East Avenue in Rochester. After 16 successful
years on East Avenue saving money, Mario went on to purchase land
and construct his dream restaurant featuring his very own hometown
classic cuisine and service of Abruzzi, Italy. In July of
1995 "Mario's Via Abruzzi" opened for business
serving Rochester's finest authentic Italian cuisine, where Mario
himself will now tell you... "At Mario's you're not just a
customer, you are my special guest." Five years
later Mario, along with his two sons Anthony & Danny, created
a casual restaurant concept called "Bazil - A Casual Italian
Bazil opened for business in March of 2002 and has since become
another successful and popular restaurant in Rochester. A
second Bazil location was constructed and opened on September of
2004 in Penfield along with a new 186 slip marina facility (www.SouthpointMarina.com)
with boat access to the restaurant. In 2006 a new
condominium project was constructed by the Daniele Family in
Delray Beach Florida called The Royal Atlantic (www.RoyalAtlanticCondos.com).
In 2010 the Daniele family opened a new restaurant concept in
Rochester called the Crab Shack (www.CrabShackRochester.com).
Although construction runs through Mario's blood, his true passion
remains with his family and cooking for his friends and relatives
at his home or at one of the family restaurants.
The Daniele Family thanks everyone who has ever dined in or been
employed in their restaurants for their continued support, for
without you, there would be little success at all. Thank
you, enjoy the sauce and Buon Apetito!