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Castelnouvo, Italy 1979 (Anthony, Mario, Fabio & Danny Daniele)


     Owners Mario & 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 Kitchen" (www.BazilRestaurant.com).  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!


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