I am proof of the American dream. After coming to America from Libya, Africa, as a legal immigrant in 1963, not speaking a word of English, my first job was at the old Mustico Restaurant on North Main Street in Elmira, making pizzas. Forty years later, in 2004, my life’s dream of owning my own restaurant came to fruition with the creation of Tanino’s, in Horseheads, NY. After traveling the world for years with my wife Maurina, we knew what great food should taste like. We wanted to share our experiences of great food from my home and from our travels around the world with our friends. Our goal is simple at Tanino’s we aim to bring you a warm atmosphere where you can enjoy family, friends and great food. We inspire our chefs to carry on the traditions passed down from my father Joe and mother Grace in all the dishes that are prepared at Tanino’s.
In 2005, we added on to Tanino’s, our sister business, Café Tanino, next door to Tanino’s in Horseheads, NY. Café Tanino started out as just a small pastry shop where I hoped that people would stop and take time out from their day to enjoy some of our fine pastries and one of our many hand crafted Italian drinks. In 2008 the café expanded into a full service bakery and café providing specialty pastries, desserts, breads, cakes and wedding cakes for the area. Many of our creations can be sampled at either of our sister businesses, Tanino’s or Tony R’s, but we also do provide custom items for an event.
In 2008, we decided to expand once more and ventured into Tony’R’s . Our goal this time was to create a local steakhouse with a city atmosphere; we wanted it to be the best of all our favorite restaurants that we have enjoyed over the years. We have provided a fine dining atmosphere in the heart of downtown Corning, NY, and we strive for dining excellence from our vast steak and seafood menu to all your Italian favorites, Tony R’s is a blend of all the thing that we love and make us who we are. From the repurposed and refurbished old bank building that the restaurant is located in, to the African trophies above the grand fire place, to the family photos in the foyer, Tony R’s is a culmination of our rich history and our journey so far.
So please join us some time soon, at any of our locations. We would like to help you celebrate your next memory or help it become one.