Born on the Italian island of Capri, Sal emanates all the charm of his homeland. A seasoned restaurateur, Sal began his restaurant career at the age of 18, when he worked with a family-owned business. He landed in New York at 22, and served several years as manager of the infamous Mezza Luna in Manhattan. In 1993, Sal moved to San Diego and opened Bella Luna and Paper Moon Restaurants in the heart of the Gaslamp District.
After 7 years, he partnered to buy the original Come On In! Cafe in La Jolla. This was just the beginning of the northward trend. Soon he and Antonio opened Villa Capri Ristorante in Del Mar/Carmel Valley. Then Come On In! Cafe opened its doors in Sorrento Valley, Carmel Valley and most recently, two locations at UCSD facilities, including Torrey Pines Center South and the Moores Cancer Center.
Albert has lived in San Diego all of his young life. He began his tenure at Come On In! Cafe in 1996, when he worked for the original owners. At first working only part-time on weekends, he quickly earned their trust and became a manager. "They treated me like a son, and I learned a lot from them," says Albert.
When the original La Jolla cafe was purchased by Salvatore in 1999, Albert facilitated a smooth transition, then stayed to assist in running day-to-day operations. Two more years of hard work paid off when, in 2001, Albert was offered a partnership in the corporation. Despite the call of UCLA beckoning him to move north, Albert accepted the offer, becoming the youngest, yet longest-running partner in the Come On In! Cafe family.