Luciano D’Avanzo is 73, and for the past few years he has been cooking for and managing two restaurants.
The business hasn’t been fruitful, and D’Avanzo has decided it’s time for him to retire.
The restaurants, Chianti International Restaurant in Salem and Tuscany Italian Restaurant in Lexington, were breaking even but there was nothing left over for D’Avanzo, he said.
“You can’t work for nothing,” he said. “When you dedicate your day to the job you expect some money in return.”
Chianti, located on Apperson Drive near the intersection of Riverland Drive, was open three and a half years. It closed last month. The restaurant served Italian and Thai dishes.
D’Avanzo has posted a sign on the door asking anyone with gift certificates to call him for reimbursement.
Tuscany, located on N. Main Street, was open eight years. It also closed last month. It served Italian dishes and offered pizza take-out.
D’Avanzo is a native of Italy. He moved to California from Italy in 1980.