Born and raised in Brooklyn, Tom grew up in the pizzerias and Italian restaurants of his home neighborhood of Williamsburg, of them owned by his parents and grandparents.
“When you were growing up, you worked in your parent’s restaurant or one of their friend’s restaurant to stay out of trouble. It was just expected that you would work at a very young age.”
In 2005, Tom moved his family to Florida, but he has remained true to his roots. He passed both his knowledge and his work ethic to his son, Tommy. They opened Gaetano’s together in 2017 with Tom’s brother, Joe.
Their restaurant has already been praised by local foodies. Gaetano’s is “As authentic as it gets.”