The Antonio and Immaculata Sainato family suffered through the Nazi occupation of Italy, ducking bombs and living in caves. They cheered as American and Canadian soldiers liberated them.
Even more joyous was the welcome the family received from gracious Americans when we they found their way to Cleveland through Canada in the post-war years, with the help of Uncle Eddie Ratajczak, an Army tank driver from Slavic Village.
I am Lester Firstenberger, one of 22 first cousin descendants of Antonio (Nonno) and Immaculata (Nonna) who have truly lived the American dream. I purchased the restaurant from the original owner, beloved Uncle Louie Sainato in July 2017.