Two years after that, he opened Little Italy in Keeseville and another one in AuSable Forks two years later. That was followed by restaurants in Saranac Lake, Potsdam, Tupper Lake and Ogdensburg.
He opened Nonna Fina in Saranac Lake in 2010. That is more of a full-scale restaurant and is named after his grandmother, or nonna in Italian.
Magro still owns that restaurant, as well as the Little Italy locations in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Potsdam.
He and his relatives own about 40 restaurants across the state of New York.
“We love to eat, and we love to cook,” Magro said.
His two sons, Vincenzo and Nicholas, are in college, but enjoy helping out in the restaurants when they can.
Magro said he always has a lot of future projects in his mind. He is considering opening places in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid.
He has 12 people on the payroll at the Little Italy in Keeseville, some of whom are putting the finishing touches on their training. Once everyone is comfortable, he plans to hold a grand-opening celebration.
The community has been very supportive, he said.
“Thank you very much to the community of Keeseville. It’s very important to have that support.”
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