First of all let me introduce myself: My name is Saverio "Primo" Macaluso, my journey began 53 years ago in my hometown of Palermo, Sicily, where I learned the value of hard work from my father, "Onorevole" (honorable) Nino, who rose to become a member of the Italian Parliament from 1972 up to 1992. I learned from my Dad (Nino) and my Mom Lina, the values of life. I went to the college in Palermo ( Sicily ) where I studied languages and I took an interest in "seeing the world." I learned to speak French in Tunisia ( right next south to Sicily ), English in London and Spanish while traveling in Central America and the Caribbean.
Naturally, in meeting and socializing with people from around the world, I realized that I had a special talent working with people. Thus, my thoughts turned to public relations and people-oriented businesses. I turned these thoughts into action by relocating to Rome, Italy and working in both the Airline and Tourism industries where my specialty was guiding American tourists to the splendors of the Eternal City. It was in Rome where my tasted entrepreneurship for the first time when I opened a restaurant near the famous Spanish Steps. Here I specialized in the typical Roman dishes like Pasta all' Amatriciana and Pasta alla Carbonara, which were combined with a menu that featured other international cuisines. It was during these years that I also developed a deep love for the city and culture of Rome as well its soccer team "AS ROMA 1927"of Captain Francesco Totti!
My love for Rome also brought me the love of my life, my wife Ulyana. We met after AS Roma won its third "scudetto" or championship and all Roman People were celebrating the joy of the victory. Rome celebrated victory but it was during these parties that I was blessed to have met my wife... A native of Ukraine, she worked at my restaurant in Rome before accepting a position as manager at a major restaurant in the Vatican, near St. Peter's. It wasn't long afterward that she became my wife. We have one son, Adrian who I am also very proud to say is also talented in languages cooking and .... Disk Jokey ... (lol!)
From the streets of Palermo, Sicily to the roads of Miami, it's been a long journey for Me , but a rewarding one. Now, after me and my family built the success of Primi Urban Cafe in St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay area) and offer up the authentic Old World flavors, our next milestone is to build the succes of : Primo Trattoria Italiana.
In an Attractive enviroment in North Miami area, awash in deep reds, comfortable furnishing, and friendly service, this Trattoria is what the chef likes to call "North Miami's first authentic Italian restaurant." Settle in for lunch or dinner, and lavish your taste buds with freshly made pastas, salads, and other delights. Imagine an evening out to Primo Trattoria Italiana that starts with a perfectly fried order of Calamari or the Polpette (homemade Angus beef meatballs). Or maybe heading straight for the pizzas are what is on tap for you and your party if you need something to go. If you're staying, the kitchen creates a bounty of culinary favorites, ranging from the Ravioli ai Funghi and Chicken Saltimbocca alla Romana, to the Ossobuco d'Agnello (braised lamb shank in red wine, celery, carrots, and onions) and the Veal or Chicken Pantesca (breaded veal or chicken breast served with diced tomatoes, olives, and capers). The Homemade Dolci of the day can be a fitting end to your meal, so make sure you save a bit of room for what is available. From the first sip of wine to the last bite of dessert, Primo Trattoria Italiana is a true Italian experience right here in the Magic City of MIAMI !