Mar 14, 2015 585

by Christina Izzo

The adage "Rome wasn't built in a day" has soothed the worried brows of empire builders for centuries—but not the crew behind Major Food Group. Patience might've worked for those Romans, but in its breathless, rapid-fire expansion—eight restaurants in six years—the Italian-American food juggernaut has tapped more readily into Yankee restlessness than Old World restraint.

Since debuting Torrisi Italian Specialties in '09, Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick have gone from relative unknowns to restaurant moguls—in 2015 alone, they'll launch a bagel-focused appetizing store, a 15-seat fine-dining restaurant and three outposts of their high-end hero spot Parm.

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