The DiGiorgio & Maiani families go back centuries in Italy. Both families started coming to the United States through Ellis Island in the early 1900’s. The Maianis (JoAnn DiGiorgio’s family) is originally from the Independent Republic of San Marino and the DiGiorgio family is from Cassino, Italy.
Over the years, both families came to settle in South Florida in the 1960’s, where Pasquale DiGiorgio came to meet JoAnn Maiani. Getting married in 1965 was just the beginning. Having two children, Robert & Gina, Pasquale had a desire to get ahead using old family recipes… and the rest is history. View just some of that history, and meet the family, too… just visit our Family Photo Gallery here!
Over the past 50 years, there have been a number of restaurants in South Florida owned and operated by both the DiGiorgio and the Maiani families, and by various relatives. Living in South Florida, the DiGiorgios soon discovered Key Largo and fell in love with the people and what the area had to offer. By 1991, the DiGiorgios had permanently moved to Key Largo, purchased the waterfront property of B & G Goodyear Automotive at Sunset Cove on Florida Bay, and turned it into DiGiorgio’s Café Largo. We later opened the Bayside Grill on the waterfront behind the Café.
Our grand opening took place on November 4th, 1992. Since then we have developed a reputation for serving some of the finest Italian food in the Upper Keys by concentrating on quality and on being a hands-on, family-run operation. We invite you to come and dine with us. Experience our unique menu derived from centuries-old family recipes, our extensive and well-know wine list, and our cutting-edge and comprehensive liquor selection.
At DiGiorgio’s Café Largo Italian Restaurant, we strive to maintain quality & consistency by using only the finest
gourmet products in our kitchen, and creating with them, the finest Italian cuisine in Key Largo for you and your family.
From Italy, we import:
- Pasta (De Cecco Pasta and Barilla Pasta)
- Tomatoes for our sauces
- Prosciutto Di Parma
- Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese for grating
- Lupara Buffalo Mozzarella (from central Italy)
From American specialty providers, we offer:
- Fresh seafood (from the Key Largo Fisheries located directly across the street from us)
- Certified Angus Beef (THE ONLY RESTAURANT IN KEY LARGO TO DO SO), all hand-cut on our premises
- White Water Clams
- U.S. Milk-Fed Veal
Each day at DiGiorgio’s Café Largo, we make 3 different tomato sauces for different purposes instead of a single tomato sauce for everything… and each is made from scratch.
Our Tomato Sauce is used for traditional dishes such as Veal Parmesan, Chicken Parmesan and Ravioli.
Our Marinara Sauce is made for our seafood & vegetarian dishes. It is a very simple sauce of Italian tomatoes, olive oil, garlic & basil. We use it for our Shrimp Marinara, Mussels Marinara, Eggplant Parmesan, and Frutta De Mar, as well as for other dishes.
Our Meat Sauce is similar to our tomato sauce, but has an abundance of “Certified Angus Beef” ground beef simmered into it. It is used for our Homemade Lasagna, Homemade Gnocchi and other pasta dishes.
And then there’s our own famous Homemade Sausage… but that’s a whole other story.
Monte Cassino is a rocky hill about 130 km (80 miles) south of Rome, Italy, a mile to the west of the town of Cassino (the Roman Casinum having been on the hill) and at an altitude of 520 m (1,700 ft). It is noted as the site where Benedict of Nursia established his first monastery, the source of the Benedictine Order, around 529, and of major battles towards the end of World War II. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg… learn more about Cassino today!
San Marino, Italy
The Most Serene Republic of San Marino is a country in the Apennine Mountains. It is an enclave, completely surrounded by Italy. One of the European microstates, San Marino is the smallest protectorate state in the world both in terms of area and by population – it has the smallest population of all the members of the Council of Europe. According to tradition, San Marino is the oldest constitutional republic in the world still existing: it was founded in the year 301 by Marinus of Rab, a Christian stonemason fleeing the religious persecution of Roman Emperor Diocletian. San Marino has the oldest written constitution still in effect, dating back to 1600.