About Us"A bit of Europe in America" to quote a North Shore Sunday food critic
Thirty-five years of restaurant experience that spans the globe make dining at Caffe Graziani a special treat. Giovanni is a native of Piglio, Italy, a small village located 30 miles south of Rome. He speaks 4 languages, having worked in France, Great Britain, Germany, Hong Kong and, of course, Italy. He came to the United States in 1989, with his Boston-born wife, Paula. Together they opened the Caffé Graziani in Salem in August of 1991. Since then, the business and the family have grown.
Also assisting at the Caffé are sister-in-law, Nancy, with her husband, David, father-in-law, Peter, and, at times, even the boys, Giancarlo and Giacomo. And don't forget mother-in-law, Mary Ann, who bakes her famous Ricotta Pie, one of several homemade desserts that earned the Caffé honors in North Shore's People's Choice Awards.
On October 10, 1996, Giovanni continued his "American Dream" when he became a U.S. Citizen and was featured in a front page story in the Salem Evening News.
Giovanni & Paula have been active in the community supporting Salem Main Streets with fresh food preparation demos at the Farmerís Market, participation in the Salem So Sweet fundraiser. Paula served on the board of Destination Salem for 5 years and was honored with the Businesswoman of the Year Award from the Salem Chamber of Commerce in April 2011.
In August of that year, we celebrated our 20th anniversary with a fun Festa Italiana on our back patio, with friends, family, food, wine, music by Enzo Amara, and our famous Spaghetti Eating Contest.
As Salem has developed, Caffé Graziani has become the local go-to place for all things Italian. Our Circolo Italiano has grown from half a dozen to over 30 members who meet on the first Friday of every month to converse in Italian about food, wine, travel, and life. Because of our efforts to expand knowledge of Italian Culture & Language, in April 2013 we were inducted into the Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Society at Salem State University.
In March 2012 with the help of Vicki Parker and Buon Gusto Tours , we extended our adventures into the travel industry, escorting our first group on GIOVANNIíS ITALY TOUR to Rome, Piglio, & the Amalfi coast. It has given us a unique opportunity to share Giovanniís homeland with our customers and friends while allowing us to relax and enjoy the company of our guests.
Caffé Graziani has seen many changes in its 23 years in business: food trends have come & gone and Washington Street in Salem which was mostly vacant when we first opened is now known as Restaurant Row. Competition is stiff but our continued commitment to quality food, comfortable family atmosphere, and the personal touch has sustained Caffé Graziani through it all.
133 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970