Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniel Morra.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Daniel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My family has been in the restaurant industry for many years. My parents emigrated here from Italy with the dream of opening their own restaurant. That dream became a reality when they opened their first restaurant with my grandparents, Osteria Dei Nonni, in 1987.
It was located in Atwater Village and it became such a success that people were lining up to get in. In 1989, my parents “left the nest” to continue to broaden their experiences. Alongside his two brothers, my father opened another restaurant in Beverly Hills named Da Pasquale and had my mother and aunt teamed up to run the show in the kitchen.
In 1993, my father opened another restaurant in west Los Angeles with my uncle Tonino. It was named Toto Cafe. My uncle’s incredible pizza dough recipe and the experience that he got from known restaurants in Beverly Hills, such as Cafe Roma and Tivoli, allowed him to open up another successful restaurant with my dad yet again.
As the years went by, they won the hearts of hundreds of customers all over Los Angeles County with their authentic Italian recipes.
I was born and grew up during this time in these restaurants. I continually saw the passion and hard work that my family put into it. Being exposed to this world early on led me to always be curious and eager to learn how everything was done.
The drive and determination my family had for this business instantly made me want to be a part of it as well. In 2007, my mother and father decided to start their own restaurant together in Culver City; Brunello Trattoria.
This served as a great opportunity for me to become more hands on with the restaurant business. I gradually worked my way up from the kitchen to managing, with hopes of one day opening my own restaurant. Due to our success with Brunello Trattoria, I took some of my mom’s recipes and put my own twist on them,
I opened my restaurant 2 years ago at only 24. It has been a lot of work but I love every minute of it.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
So far, the past two years have been great. Owning a business is definitely a lifestyle change but I knew that going into it. It actually helped me grow more as a person. It has been a learning experience for me but luckily, I was blessed to have the help and support from my parents when I had any questions. The restaurant business is definitely a lot of work but knowing that my customers are happy makes everything worth it.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Tutt’a Post Trattoria – what should we know?
My life motto is “it’s all good” which is what Tutt’a Post translates too. We strive to live up to that expectation in every dish we make. When people ask me what my favorite thing on the menu I always say everything. I especially like making custom dishes to better cater to each customer. What really sets us apart is our bread, being able to customize dishes and our service. We make our bread in house daily and many of our customers jokingly call it “crack.” Many actually stop by just to buy a roll.
We do not precook our pasta and they are all made al dente, as pasta should be. Since we make our dishes to order it allows us to customize dishes to better suit the customer. Also, we have the same chef for both our lunch and dinner service. You can definitely bet on constancy.
Our service team has been the same for a very long time. I actually do the service and I have had some of the same bussers helping me since we opened. I love getting to know my customers and treating them like family.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My parents most definitely. It was hard leaving their restaurant in culver city but I knew I had to move on to do my own thing. I am very lucky that they were supportive and had my back whenever I needed them. I am also glad for the team that I have at the restaurant. They do a great job. Both front of house and back of house.
- Address: 235 s.La Cienega blvd
Beverly Hills CA 90211
- Website: tuttaposttrattoria.com
- Phone: 310-652-5992
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: tuttapost_trattoria
- Facebook: tutta post restaurant
- Twitter: @itsallpost
- Yelp: yelp.com/tuttaposttrattoria