Our History



Welcome to my Family Restaurant!!!

Let me tell you about the history of John The Baker and myself. I’m from a family of fine bakers and pizza makers. It’s been over 75 years since my grandfather, John Scinicariello, Sr. immigrated from Italy. In 1960, he opened the first John the Baker in Stamford, Connecticut. In my John The Baker restaurants, nothing has changed. I use his recipes everyday.

At the age of five, I began working and learning the restaurant business in his John The Baker restaurants. In 1973, I moved to South Florida and became the manager at my uncle’s restaurant, Mario The Baker, located in North Miami, where I worked for 23 years. After I left, my uncle sold the restaurant and the name to outsidersand I no longer have anything to do with the Mario The Baker chain.

Following family tradition and in honor of my grandfather, I opened my own John The Baker in Pembroke Pines Pines in 1996. Ten years later I opened my second restaurant, this time in Cooper City, giving my customers the best from my grandfather and myself. I love what I do, serving you delicious homemade Italian food. I take care of my customers with the same care, passion and gusto that goes into my own family’s meals. Nothing is better than coming over to your table to visit with you. When I do, I still hear my grandfather wishing his customers a hearty, “buono appetito” (good appetite).

Life has been good to my family and me. Continuing his examples, I always remember the proud traditions my grandfather taught us; Treat your workers and customers like family. Work hard and give back to the community. Prepare food fresh, using the family recipes. Our customers love our traditions. Besides our famous garlic rolls, we are proud to continue serving delicious dishes made on our premises. We even make our own sausage, clean and cut fresh veal legs, and make our own sauces, soups cannelloni and pizza dough. Like my grandfather, I don’t change, we don’t have a fryer or use chemical additives. Every scrumptious bite is prepared for you the same way my grandfather prepared them.

My grandfather was a role model for me and now it’s my turn. All high school employees must show me their report cards and maintain good grades, or lose their job. School is first. I teach my staff and my own childrenold fashioned values; to work hard, be proud of their accomplishments and how to run a business. It’s also my job to give back to the community. I support local sports teams, many charities and fund-raising events. At John The Baker we value our customers and hope to continue providing you and your family for generations-to-come,our food and courteous service.

Thanks for letting us share our story with you and for coming here to John The Baker “Mangia” (eat) and Enjoy!!!

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