Joe Vicari has been making fine Italian dining a Michigan tradition for more than three decades. As founder and CEO of the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, he and his wife Rosalie as COO lead Metro Detroit’s largest restaurant group as a family-owned business. Joe attended college on a football scholarship but became enamored with the restaurant business after purchasing a franchise with a college friend. This set him off on a lifelong career of service.
A Family Business
Rosalie joined the business in 2004 bringing her attention to detail and education background to complement Joe’s business acumen and industry leadership. Importantly, it allowed them to work together with schedules that frequently incorporate 12-hour workdays that extend over evenings, weekends, and holidays. It has become a family business with their two daughters and son now involved.
Every eating establishment under the Vicari name focuses on authentic cuisine with the freshest ingredients and impeccable service. The six Andiamo Italian restaurants in Detroit, with another in Las Vegas and a satellite at Detroit Metro Airport, are known for their traditional Italian recipes, handmade pasta, and attention to ambiance and detail. Andiamo’s Celebrity Showroom in Warren, MI features great entertainment performances in an intimate dinner/show setting. Other restaurants in the group include Joe Muer Seafood, The Country Inn, 29-41 Mediterranean Street Food, and more, each with the same high standards.
Joe Vicari’s Restaurant Group is “fueled by our passion for what we do every day. Delivering exceptional service and true, authentic cuisine to our valuable guests is expected – every meal, every request, every time. We are a team and a family, committed to each other’s success and doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.”
Serving More Than Their Customers
With the restaurant business at the heart of what they do, Joe and Rosalie regularly are seen in their restaurants greeting customers and building generational bridges to the sons, daughters, and grandchildren of patrons who have been coming to their establishments for years. The Vicari’s count their employees as part of the family too, working hard to provide training, advancement opportunities, and flexibility for team members, many of whom have been employed by the group for years. This has been especially meaningful during the last two years of COVID-19 challenges that saw shutdowns and multiple supply shortages.
“We are a team and a family, committed to each other’s success and doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.” – Joe Vicari
The Joe Vicari Restaurant Group was a proud supporter of frontline and first responders throughout the pandemic.
The Vicari’s passion for exceptional service goes beyond their 5-star restaurants to many charitable organizations within the communities they serve, including the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Henry Ford Hospital, Hermelin Brain Tumor Center, and St. John’s Hospital, to name a few. St. Louis Center is honored to also be a recipient of the generosity of Joe and Rosalie Vicari and Andiamo Italia.
The involvement of the Vicari family with St Louis Center started in the early 1990s when a common friend of the Center invited Fr. Enzo Addari to a golf outing. Joe Vicari won a TV set and he said “Father, this is for your kids.” Many years have passed since then and the outstanding commitment, generosity, and love of the Vicari family for St Louis Center has continued to grow. Every year Joe has a special golf event and the proceeds are donated to St Louis Center. He has opened his Andiamo Showroom to benefit the Center and both Joe and Rosalie have spread the awareness of the Center with their friends and patrons.
“Father, this is for your kids.” – Joe Vicari
This post is on page 16 of St. Louis Center’s 2021 Annual Report 2021.
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