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Antico Noè

Biography

In Florence, Italy, in an arcaded alley off the Piazza San Pier Maggiore, a small, panini shop called Antico Noè has built a cult-like following after more than 70 years in business.

An ongoing addiction for locals and visitors alike, Antico Noè’s simple and authentic fare captured the hearts of Michael Grant and Vinny Dautaj, two young entrepreneurs who met while living in Florence.

Following months of discussion, Michael and Vinny, utilizing their respective backgrounds in corporate finance and restaurant operations, convinced the Italian owners to expand the brand to the U.S. under their control.

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In Florence, Italy, in an arcaded alley off the Piazza San Pier Maggiore, a small, panini shop called Antico Noè has built a cult-like following after more than 70 years in business.

An ongoing addiction for locals and visitors alike, Antico Noè’s simple and authentic fare captured the hearts of Michael Grant and Vinny Dautaj, two young entrepreneurs who met while living in Florence.

Following months of discussion, Michael and Vinny, utilizing their respective backgrounds in corporate finance and restaurant operations, convinced the Italian owners to expand the brand to the U.S. under their control.

To ensure consistent quality and an adherence to tradition and taste, the US-based team studied and trained at the Florence location, learning the various secret bread and sauce recipes, as well as coming to understand the magic of the little “sandwich shop” in order to replicate and offer an authentic panini experience.

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