Giovanni and Caterina came to the United States in 1968 from Bari and Naples Italy.
In 1969 they opened Mr. Assante on Route 22 in Greenbrook New Jersey. Which was later managed and taken over by their Uncle Joe. In 1989 the couple moved to Hunterdon County New Jersey and opened Marinelli’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant on Route 12, Flemington. In 1994, they also opened Maria Rosa’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant on Route 523.