FINS TropiCali Cuisine at the Jersey Shore

Dream a Little Dream Back

in 1982, then-teenaged friends Pat Cuozzo and Shawn Ryan decided to pursue culinary careers. They ended up working together at the same restaurant in the 1990s, at which time the dream of one day owning a restaurant together became clear.

The two left the kitchen to work in food service sales for a while. They both say that this helped them learn the business side of running a restaurant and that food sales gave them a great appreciation of high quality versus price driven ingredients.

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