Pasta Runs in Our Family
Family was refugees from Bosnia/ Croatia (former Yugoslavia), emigrating in 1997. His father and grandfather were also in the restaurant and hotel business. When he graduated from high school, it was natural to go on to culinary school and don the chef’s toque.
When war erupted in the mid-1990s, a change of venue became the only safe option. Despite the unfortunate circumstances that led to their emigration, feels lucky to be in America.
Coming from a long line of restaurateurs, probably always expected to open his own Italian restaurant one day. It was the Cleveland part that was the twist of fate.
Calling the restaurant business "a genetic tradition" in his family—both his grandparents and great-grandparents were restaurateurs—
After 13 years at Rino's Italian Restaurant in Lorain, opened Ristorante Stella Mia in July 2013