Antonio comes from a long line of culinary artists. Antonio's ancestors learned to cook and bake on the Amalfi coast in southern Italy. His parents emigrated to the United States in the early 1900's, opening a bakery under the Brooklyn Bridge. In 1953, when Antonio was 11, they moved to Miami and opened a small restaurant, where Antonio learned at his mother's side. Antonio eventually opened a family pizzeria of his own in Miami. He then moved to Boulder with his wife, Patricia, daughter Lucia and son, Tavio, and opened Laudisio Restauranti Italiano, which was a Boulder tradition for 18 years. In 2006, Antonio saw an opportunity and moved the restaurant to the Twenty Ninth Street mall, joining with partner Richard Schaden. Laudisio continues to adhere to the family traditions by using fresh, local ingredients, and maintaining a strong sense of community within his restaurant.
Cooking With Laudisio is a TV cooking show airing on Rocky Mountain PBS. The show is a mixture of travel, adventure, wine and food, where Antonio displays his cooking styles from boats, gardens and markets.
My Perfect Day in Boulder
- I'd start my day with a quick workout at Rally Sport.
- Enjoy a beautiful walk along the Boulder Creek Path. Stop for a light lunch on the patio of The Med.
- Take a hike with my wife, Pat, and my Bernese Mountain Dog ,Luke, on one of the many trails in Boulder which allow off-leash dogs. Or, take a ride around town on my Harley.
- Visit the Boulder Farmers' Market. I'm there every Saturday and Wednesday serving up authentic Laudisio pizza from our mobile wood-fired ovens and trying to entertain the crowd.
- Stop at the 63rd Street Farm to check into what produce is available for specials at the restaurant.
- Have dinner at my restaurant, Laudisio. Sometimes I'm there enjoying a glass of wine, mingling with our guests, and quality-checking the food. Please say "hi," I'd like to meet you.