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About Us


The common thread uniting all MONTE Restaurant Development Group establishments is our emphasis on excellent food, superior service, and genuine value throughout the dining experience. We believe that each meal serves us with the opportunity to take our guests to a new level—a place of relaxation, comfort and unsurpassed taste.

In 1997, Gennaro DiMeo opened his first restaurant, Café Mazzanotte in Severna Park,Maryland. This fine dining concept was the first successful concept within the restaurant group. In 1998, the group's first fast-casual brand was born—Squisito® Pizza and Pasta. Over the next 20 years, it has continued to grow and remains America’s favorite neighborhood gathering place serving guests of all ages!

In 2008, Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen and Wine Bar made its debut in Downtown Annapolis. Today it is still one of Annapolis' favorite hot spots— not only for the best authentic Tuscan Italian cuisine, but also for the most exquisite outdoor dining and wine menu in all of downtown.

Through years of research, learnings and continued success of owning and operating locations  from fast casual to fine dining for over 30 years, the group has perfected and defined their fleet of restaurants which are thriving today. The MONTE Restaurant Development Group manages Tuscan Prime Italian Chophouse and Dolce BarSquisito Pizza & Pasta, and Squisito® Too and operates 15 locations across Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, and Washington DC.


As with humble beginnings of the MONTE Restaurant Development Group, Squisito® Franchise Enterprises, Inc. began with the partnership of Gennaro and Michele DiMeo in Spring of 2008. Michele joined the MONTE Restaurant Development Group to streamline and assist Gennaro with the corporate and Franchise expansion of his fast casual brand, Squisito® Pizza and Pasta. With this powerful union of conceptual restaurant experience - Gennaro DiMeo, with Michele DiMeo’s franchise and executive operations / leadership experience, Squisito® Franchise Enterprises began. 

Every restaurant managed by the MONTE Restaurant Development Group strives to exceed the
guest’s expectations on every plate, at every table with every meal. 

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