Tony Ficaro, Executive Chef and Owner
Tony embarked on his culinary career in 1975 when he and his brother decided to open a sandwich shop on Paulding Road in Fort Wayne. Back then, "East Coast" style grinders weren't well-known in Fort Wayne, and the little sandwich shop quickly became a popular destination for the hungry lunchtime crowd.
After a year, Tony's brother left the business, but Tony decided to keep things moving ahead in the restaurant business. In 1981, he opened Figaro's restaurant on Harrison Street, and the Figaro's name is still widely known in Fort Wayne, with a reputation for unique, tasty dishes. In 1990, Tony decided to move the business in the catering direction, as he saw a distinct need for quality catering in the area. That's when Splendid Fare began offering specialized catering services.
Today, Tony is the heart and soul of Splendid Fare and known locally for his signature style. He directly works with each client to ensure a wonderful, customized experience and first-class food. "Splendid Fare is dedicated to making food that not only tastes exceptional, but looks amazing," he says. "We want clients to feast with the eyes and nose before they feast with the mouth."