There were no strangers to Ninno Pernetti, who was a celebrated restaurant proprietor, cookbook author, and nightly host at his successful Café Abbracci in Coral Gables.

Restaurant guests were always treated like family. Ninno’s great authentic Italian food made people happy and everyone enjoyed the warm and cozy atmosphere. 

Caffe Abbracci

Ninno is remembered as my mentor who daringly, yet enthusiastically, sampled and tweaked the first Calizo Condiments. He helped me understand what people wanted, how to create the most appealing flavors, and even cautioned me about the level of heat in products.

Ninno’s warm smile that greeted me at his restaurant door, the tender kiss on each cheek, and the sparkle in his eyes set the tone for a most enjoyable evening time and time again. Ninno’s gracious and gentile Italian mannerisms made everyone feel special in his care.

I will miss him dearly!