Love for Italian cuisine inspires Martino’s in Oconee

Mar 02, 2020 131

When Martino Canelo moved to the United States from Peru in 1986, he started working in an Italian restaurant to support himself while he took English classes. He started as a bus boy and worked his way up the ranks to be a waiter, a bartender, then a cook.Canelo fell in love with the cuisine and, after working in Italian restaurants in several cities, wanted to open his own.

“What I know most is Italian cuisine, so I decided on an Italian restaurant,” Canelo said. At the time, he lived in Charlotte, N.C., where he saw many small businesses last less than a year. Then, he visited some of his relatives in Athens and saw that the business climate here was very different.

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