For most Angelinos, Terroni is a fairly new restaurant that started on Beverly Boulevard five years ago but if you’ve ever traveled to Toronto, Canada (where the establishment originated some 20 years ago) you’d likely be aware that there is a deep history and passion that began there with its original founder & owner, Restaurateur Cosimo Mammoliti. The restaurant’s expansion into Los Angeles has felt like a natural progression knowing the history of the people involved.
Let’s start with partner Max Stefanelli, who began working for Terroni shortly after his arrival into Toronto from Bologna, Italy in 1999. Max was an attorney in Italy but not terribly fulfilled with his career. He ultimately made the decision to venture to Canada, with the intent to study English and investigate some new possible career paths before returning to Italy. After frequenting some usual Toronto haunts and working at various restaurants, Max met Vince Mammoliti (Cosimo’s brother) and the two became fast friends. When Max’s girlfriend (now wife) travelled to Toronto to join him, she was in need of work. Vince hired her at Terroni. Max eventually met Cosimo and soon after began working at Terroni himself.
Stumbling upon the Terroni family was a bit of “kismet” for Max. The Mammoliti’s are of the mindset that they aren’t inventing anything new, but instead base everything on tradition and the dishes they remember from childhood. The goal always being: “we cook it this way because that’s the way we remember our Grandmother cooked it.” The restaurant’s “no substitutions” policy comes from a genuine desire to follow the traditions as they remember them…even a seemingly slight alteration can make a big difference to any dish. If someone enjoys a particular dish, they seek that same consistency and quality on each visit.
By Kelly Sarno
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