Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Antonio De Trizio, Co-Founder of Latina Kitchen and Bar, located in Needham, MA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Full-service restaurant located in Needham, MA. From locally-sourced calamari and Mediterranean olives to hand-ground corn chachapas that bring diners back to their own grandmothers' kitchens, Latina has something for everyone- from the traditional New Englander to the adventurous foodie, and each plate is made with familial love and geographical authenticity.

Tell us about yourself

Proud owner of a Latin-inspired restaurant. Luma Marcaccio and I met in college in 2000 and have been sharing our passions and our lives ever since! I had honed my kitchen and catering skills as part of the talented team at Baker's Best, while Luma had focused more on the business side of things. As we are both of Italian descent and both raised in Venezuela, Luma and I shared many fond memories of cooking with our Nonnas and enjoying both the healthful bounty of the Mediterranean and the comforting heat of South America. Today, we bring both of these traditions to bear in each and every offering at Latina, and we both hope that you will enjoy eating our creations every bit as much as we enjoyed making them.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Establish a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Many things, like finding the right staff to run a restaurant.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Be patience.
  2. Be smart.
  3. Be a manager.

Where can people find you and your business?


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