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Before Frank Catalanotto knew just where he'd open his new restaurant, he knew exactly
what he'd be serving and had the name nailed down too. Nephew's Ristorante is a tribute to
his family and it's long history of preparing Sicilian and Italian Creole food for New Orleans.
The "nephew" refers to Catalanotto himself as his uncle is the late Tony Angello of the former
landmark Tony Angello's Ristorante.
Frank had been executive chef at Tony Angello's Ristorante, a job he grew into naturally
through the dynamics of the family business. He started working for his uncle as a teenager back
when the restaurant first opened in 1972. He took on more responsibilities, including learning the
business from his uncle and the recipes from his mom, Tina, and his Aunt Frances until he
essentially became the keeper of the family recipes.
"They taught me the recipes and I took over when they retired. Then for the longest
time it was just me and my uncle. I will continue to bring to my customers the experience of 'Feed
Me' and other kitchen specialties of my family."