Tony accepted the position of head chef at Ristorante Teatro in 1998. This was Tony’s first time in Springfield. He wasn’t sure how he would feel about living here, but he decided to give it a chance. “As soon as I got to Springfield I was enchanted with its nature and wonderful people. I knew right away that Springfield was the perfect place to start my family.” Three months after his arrival in Springfield Tony’s wife Carmen joined him.
After working at Ristorante Teatro for almost four years, Tony joined forces with Agim Zendeli to open Avanzare Italian Dining in May of 2002. Now in 2013 he's teaming up with Leotrim Zendeli to open Tony's Italian Cafe. He continues to put his heart and dedication into his business.