Founder/Owner of Caffe Abbracci, Nino Pernetti was bestowed the title of Cavaliere or Knight, as it translates to English, by the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella. Consul General of Italy at the Consulate General in Miami, Gloria Maria Bellelli, presented Pernetti with a certificate and special lapel pin before an audience of about 100 friends and dignitaries, at the residence of the Consul General of Italy on Wednesday evening.
Cavaliere or knight, is the first of six classes under the The Order of the Star of Italy which, since 2011, is granted to expatriates and foreign nationals who engage in the preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad, promoting friendly relations and co-operation with other countries and ties with Italy. From 1947-2011, it was awarded to those who made outstanding contributions to the reconstruction of Italy after World War II.
To commemorate the day, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos A. Gimenez, Chairman Jean Monestime and the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Wednesday, December 14, 2016 “Nino Pernetti Day” in Miami-Dade County. A representative from the mayor’s office was on hand to present a framed copy of the proclamation.
“As you might expect, receiving the title of Cavaliere from my motherland is one of the great honors of my life. Make no mistake, I truly love America. I’m proud of my US citizenship and will be forever grateful to this beautiful country for the many gifts it has given me over the past three decades. But, anyone who knows me, even casually, knows that I am and always will be an Italian in my mind and in my heart,” Pernetti told the audience upon accepting his new title.
Nino Pernetti is the owner/founder of Caffe Abbracci in Coral Gables, Florida. Over the past 27 years, Nino’s considerable charm and attention to detail have turned Caffe Abbracci into a go-to restaurant for Miami’s movers and shakers, from business leaders to politicos to visiting entertainers and athletes. He has even served three US presidents. Nino treats everyone who enters his dining room, regardless of their station in life, with the same genuine warmth and hospitality that made him a successful global hotel executive earlier in his career.
Raised in the Northern Italian town of Salô, Lake Garda, with his six brothers and sister, Nino left his hometown as a young man to pursue a career in hospitality. While working for major hotel chains, he lived in diverse places such as Germany, England, the Bahamas, Afghanistan, Africa, South Korea, Acapulco, Malaysia, Belgium, Turkey, Caracas, Paris and finally Miami. All along the way, Nino met new people, learned about different cultures and trained his respective staffs how to treat guests like old friends.
Nino has co-written a cookbook and memoir of his life and travels. He also writes a regular wine column for Venue Magazine.
Nino’s proudest accomplishment, however, is being the proud father of his two lovely daughters, Tatiana and Katerina. In addition, to his many charitable endeavors, Nino is an avid tennis player and voracious reader. History and biographies are his among his favorite topics.