Crostini was never even supposed to happen in the first place. The brainchild of Madison’s Giovanna Mazzariello, she convinced her father – legendary restaurateur Biagio Mazzariello (of Biagio’s in Madison fame, and later also Leon’s in New Haven) – to take on the newly available spot on Meadow Street in Branford in 2014. This was not easy to do. He said no repeatedly.
“I had a corporate job, plus a toddler and a baby at home, and I wanted to get back into the restaurant business and he kept telling me that I was crazy. That if I thought I wasn’t seeing them enough already that I really wouldn’t with a restaurant. Then one of his friends suggested doing a breakfast restaurant. He kept saying that we don’t know anything about breakfast, “Giovanna reported from beside the Crostini chalkboard one Tuesday morning in May. “And I kept saying we could learn! Then finally I told him that I’d be doing it with or without him and he was in.” Crostini opened that February.