Everyone likes a success story, and Al Giorgio of La Famiglia has one that defies the laws of business. Five years ago Al and his wife Maryann opened up Giorgio‚Äôs Pizzeria in the North End. They quickly built up a large, loyal following that helped revitalize the Salem Street area by attracting new businesses. Al then came upon the idea to recreate his success at the pizzeria and opened a restaurant just a block down the street. They hired a chef from Italy to create a Roman style menu. Al gets a kick out of the notion that his menu is a product of the health conscious life-style of the 2000s but is quick to point out that this is an ancient cuisine that goes back over 400 years. La Famiglia is well known in the Boston area for serving portions that are two to three sizes larger than normal and usually impossible to finish in one sitting. Al states that size aside, the taste has to be there and Maryann spends her day visiting the other three locations to monitor the kitchens and insure quality.
WHERE ‚Äď Boston