Our Family History

In the early 1900's, Grandpa  Benedetto and Grandma Maria Ferracane came to the United States from Palermo, Sicily. They settled in New York and soon thereafter opened Ferracane's Italian Bakery on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn. They started a family and had five children; Betty, Rose, Frank, Johnny, and Jeannie. As the years went on, the girls married and the boys went off to war.

In the late 1940's, when the boys returned home, Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Johnny, Uncle Frank, and Aunt Jeannie ventured off to Fort Lauderdale and opened Maria's Pizzeria. The business did so well that by the mid 1950's they opened the Johnny's Eldorado; and Italian Restaurant and Motel on federal highway in Fort Lauderdale. Then in the early 1960's, Benedetto Tarantino, one of eight children born to Joseph Tarantino and Betty (the oldest daughter of Benedetto and Maria) ventured off to Fort Lauderdale. There he was taught to cook side by side with Grandma and Uncle Johnny. He learned the family recipes and the restaurant business.

In the late 1960's he returned home. Shortly thereafter, he and his brother Frankie opened Tarantino's an Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. Then, some years later, he opened an Italian deli with his youngest sister Betty. These were just two of the many successful restaurants he owned or operated. Benedetto continued the traditions handed down to him and passed them on to all in the family who wanted to learn. He taught us how to make the sauces, cut the meat, and cook the pasta. It is because of his teachings we ourselves became restaurant owners, managers, and cooks. In his honor we name our restaurant after him; "La Benedetto's".

As a family, we thank God every day for his love, his mercy, and the blessings he has bestowed upon us. This day we also thank you for coming out to patronize our restaurant and taking the time to learn a little about our family history. It is with great pride that we say to you...

Hearty Appetite!!!