“We use El Espolòn in well drinks. You won’t find an ounce of triple sec in the building either; our sweetener is pierre ferrand cognac,” says Gasper.
This tradition of excellence started when Gasper’s Sicilian father, Leo, brought the family to the Mid-Hudson Valley from Queens, opening Roma Imperial in Middlehope in 1970. In 1981, Leo took his concept to Cornwall and renamed it “Leo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.”
Leo and his three sons—Gasper, Frank, and Danny—now own three successful branches of the restaurant; the original branch in Cornwall has been open for 35 years. The family certainly loves their business, but they still wanted to try something new. Thus, Baja 328 was born.
“This was actually Frank’s idea,” says Gasper. “He’s big on tequila.”
With Frank’s tequila expertise, Gasper’s familiarity with food service, and Danny’s financial guidance, there is not much the brothers can’t handle.