Legendary Restaurateur Appoints Longtime GM As “Partner”

(Thad Foret To Become Partner In Antonello & COO of Other Properties)

Online PR News – 31-March-2010 – – One of the OC’s longest standing and most respected dining establishments, Antonello Ristorante, will see a permanent change in proprietorship as owner Antonio Cagnolo appoints long-time General Manager Thad Foret as partner in the institution. Foret, who has managed the South Coast Plaza Village restaurant for two decades, was also named COO of Cagnolo’s other operations including Nello Cucina, Quattro Caffé and Antonello Espresso Bar.
“Thad is as much a part of Antonello as I and this is my way of demonstrating my gratitude and absolute belief in him as a vital part of my overall operations,” said Cagnolo, who celebrated the 30th anniversary of Antonello last year. “His professionalism, business acumen, extraordinary people skills and dedication to Antonello has helped the restaurant earn a legion of loyal guests.”
Since 1979, Antonello Ristorante has been taking diners on a journey to the Old World with its extensive menu of extraordinary Italian cuisine and vast wine list. Set amid a warm and luxurious atmosphere, the critically acclaimed restaurant features a delicious menu of antipastos, soups, salads and pasta dishes as well as a variety of exceptional fish, veal, chicken and beef entrees. Antonello's wine list boasts more than 300 foreign and domestic labels. The restaurant also is a popular private dining destination with several luxury banquet facilities on site.
In addition to his duties at Antonello, Foret will serve as chief operating officer of Cagnolo’s other nearby establishments that have proven to be favorites of critics and the public, alike. Nello Cucina is situated at the entrance of South Coast Plaza north of Bear Street. The Italian restaurant specializes in steaks, pasta and pizza from an authentic brick oven. Across the street, at the center of bustling South Coast Plaza sits Quattro Caffé, a 104-seat dining establishment featuring specialty pasta dishes and entrée selections. The casual coffee destination, Antonello Espresso Bar, offers a wide variety of gourmet coffee drinks as well as baked goods and sandwiches.
“I am humbled by this promotion and proud that Antonio believes in me to the extent that I will serve as partner in Antonello and COO in his other enterprises,” said Foret. “I look forward to a happy and successful partnership.”
Highly rated in the noted Zagat Guide for several years, Antonello Ristorante has earned a sterling reputation for having served luminaries the world over including presidents, foreign dignitaries, movie stars, entertainers, industrialists and other leaders. Proprietor Antonio Cagnolo is a multiple winner of the Golden Scepter Award and Circle of Fame Awards, two of the most prestigious honors a restaurateur can receive. In addition, his devotion and time-honored commitment to charitable concerns have been recognized numerous times.
Antonello Ristorante is located at 3800 Plaza Drive, at South Coast Plaza Village. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (closed Sunday). For more information or to make a reservation, call (714) 751-7153 or visit www.antonello.com.