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ANTICO NOÈ

For over 70 years Antico Noè has built a cult-like following out of a tiny storefront in an arcaded alley off the Piazza San Pier Maggiore in Florence, Italy serving delicious and authentic Italian panini.  Now, thanks to two young entrepreneurs Michael Grant and Vinny Dautaj (who met while living in Florence nine years ago), Antico Noè has arrived in the U.S. with its first store in Midtown Manhattan replicating the Florentine legend down to its last breadcrumb. After graduating from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Michael quickly established himself in the world of corporate restructuring and despite a burgeoning career, he always had a hankering to do more….to create his own destiny.

Who knew this destiny would stem from a semester studying Renaissance Art in Florence, Italy in 2007. Michael spent the semester in Florence coming to appreciate the art, history and culture, but most of all, the food. Something that would set him on a path to become the entrepreneur he had always imagined himself to be. While living in Florence, Michael, as most others visiting and living in Florence, came to love Antico Noè, going as far as eating there at least three times a week. Truth is, so did a lot of visitors before him.  The difference is, it stayed with Michael from the moment he left Italy.

Also during his time in Florence, Michael would befriend his now business partner Vinny Dautaj, who worked at a local restaurant in Florence.  As fate continued to play its hand, Vinny would go on to marry an American girl, move to New York and reconnect with Michael.  Monthly catch-ups often turned into discussions of dreams and goals. The two of them, both itching to do more, kept coming back to the incredible business and following of Antico Noè and how nothing in NYC compares.  The two formed a strategy for Vinny’s next trip home to Florence where he would recite a well rehearsed pitch to convince the owners of Antico Noè to let the duo replicate their authenticity in the US.

After months of discussions, the two, utilizing their respective backgrounds in corporate finance and restaurant operations, convinced the Italian owners to expand the brand to the U.S. under their control. To ensure consistent quality and an adherence to tradition and taste, the US-based team studied and trained at the Florence location learning the various secret bread and sauce recipes, as well as coming to understand the magic of the little “sandwich shop” in order to replicate and offer an authentic panini experience.

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New York

220 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
212-750-0802

Florence

Volta di S. Piero, 6/8/r, 50122 Firenze, Italy
+39-055-234-0838

News

NYFW 2015 KICK­OFF 09/09/15

Antico Noè celebrated the beginning of New York Fashion Week at a kick¬off event in The Penthouse at Hotel on Rivington. Fashion industry guests enjoyed cocktails, music and paninis as they […]

STADIUMRED’S GOODBYE SUMMER 09/06/15

After a great season in the Hamptons, Antico Noè said farewell to the summer at Stadiumred’s 5th Annual Goodbye Summer event. Hosted on a private estate, guests enjoyed signature cocktails and […]

JENNIFER LOPEZ’S BIRTHDAY BOAT PARTY 07/25/15

Antico Noè had the special opportunity to cater Jennifer Lopez’s 46th Birthday Party on a yacht in the Hamptons. Celebrity attendees including Fat Joe, Benny Medina, and Natasha Bedingfield raved about their […]

SUPER SATURDAY 07/25/15

Antico Noè provided complementary paninis for all of the hungry shoppers at the 18th Annual OCRF’s Super Saturday. The day-long shopping event brings over 2,000 designers, celebrities, editors, media, and fashion […]

ST. BARTH HAMPTONS GALA 07/18/15

Social Life Magazine and St. Barths Tourism presented their Annual Hamptons Gala on Saturday, July 18th, Hosted by Katie Lee. Antico Noè served their paninis in the […]

JILL ZARIN’s LUXURY LADIES LUNCHEON 07/18/15

Jill Zarin loved Antico Noè paninis so much that she asked them to join her in serving guests at her Third Annual Luxury Ladies Luncheon. The event, presented by Douglas Elliman, benefited […]

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