How did Tony Mantuano get into the culinary world?
It’s part of my family’s culture. My grandparents owned a mom-and-pop grocery store in the town I grew up in, and we were always in the garden. He was a butcher, she was a great cook. Every holiday was all about food. It’s just something that brought me a lot of pleasure as a youth. I went to college as a music major and pretty soon found myself cooking in restaurants to support myself and actually enjoying that more than music, so that’s basically how it all started.