La Piazza An Italian restaurant owned by the Gambino Family Mariana and Carlos, their two sons (Giuseppe and Francesco) and Giuseppe’s wife, Nicole. A Family restaurant and a Sport’s Bar Servers, bussers, and hostesses Please click here on each slide to hear more information!
Differences and Similarities In Italy, lunches are the most important meal of the day Businesses shut down and re-open at 4pm (Bakerjian) Personal pizza, pasta and seafood American’s like their food fast and cheap (Ikerd) Fried foods, pizza “by the slice”
Italian - American Combination of an Italian culture in an American society. Gambino’s adapted their Italian culture to please Americans.
The Family Restaurant Frank Sinatra Important part of Italian-American culture (“Italian – American Culture,” 2012) Servers dressed nicely Lots of families relaxing (more quiet) Compared to an Italian restaurant in Italy? Type of food (fried foods, cheese steaks, as well as pasta and seafood)
The Sport’s Bar Informal and a lot more activity 10 TV’s on different sports or news stations Customers more likely to have alcoholic beverages Bars in Italy: No age restrictions (Bakerjian). Wine is to accompany food, not intended to drink the whole bottle (“People and Culture”). Coffee or sandwiches (“People and Culture”).
Owning a Restaurant Pros: Pride in your business Meet a lot of people and share your business with the community where they can enjoy themselves (Mealey) Customers enjoy hearing about Italy Cons: Late nights and weekends (2am) Unstable income (Mealey) “I think it’s a common misconception that running a restaurant is fun and easy like it’s a project or something. It’s not just something to do to have extra cash; this business is our livelihoods. But there is a sense of pride when things do fall into place and there is success.”
Italian – American Culture Independent culture that instead of just being an “American representation of Italian culture” has its own customs (“Italian – American Culture,” 2012) La Piazza has many qualities of an Italian restaurant, it also makes accommodations for the American culture, leaving costumers with an Italian – American experience.
Conclusion Family restaurant, bar, servers, and managers come together to form a successful business Owners brought Italian culture to America
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