While Bruno was running the successful Rockville Mamma Lucia, his future partner was operating his namesake restaurant, “Jimmy’s Place” in Gaithersburg, MD.
Introduced by a mutual friend, Jimmy and Bruno soon became good friends and, of course, had the restaurant business as a mutual interest. Having been raised in the Bronx, NY by his native Italian parents (from Rome and Naples), Bruno had worked at his father’s Italian restaurant since he was 14 years old. Jimmy is a native of the Washington area and, after graduating from the University of Maryland, he left the real estate business to open “Jimmy’s Place”. The two became business partners in Mamma Lucia in 1997.
Since then, they have opened restaurants in Bethesda, Olney, and Fallsgrove in Rockville, MD. With Bruno’s dedication to the freshest ingredients for his kitchens and Jimmy’s drive for outstanding customer service, the results are a winning combination. Both spend the majority of their time in the restaurants, so it is quite likely that you will see them on your next visit to Mamma Lucia’s!