In the 1940’s Pedro Fonticiella was nicknamed “Cuban Pete” by American ball players playing winter baseball in Cuba. Pedro was an okay ball player but he sure could cook. In the 1960’s the Fonticiella family moved to the U.S.
Nelson Fonticiella Sr., rediscovered his Grandfather’s recipes in 2000 and an idea was born. Nelson Sr., Nelson Jr. (the NEW Cuban Pete) and Yvonne Henke partnered to launch a food truck in Cincinnati in 2014.On April 2, 2015 the first Cuban Pete restaurant opened its doors.
Head Chef Nelson “Cuban Pete” Fonticiella is born to Cuban parents and has spent over ten years in the food industry specializing in sandwiches. He is a professional “Sandwichero” (sandwich maker) trained in Miami (Florida) Cuban restaurants. His passion for food, especially Caribbean cuisine, and his creativity are the basis for our flavors and food combinations.
His quest to find and bake authentic Cuban bread in the Midwest was exhausting. He launched his food truck only when he felt he had finally achieved perfection. The fresh baked breads are the foundation of all of our sandwiches. Cuban Pete uses only the best meats and freshest, highest quality products in all of our sauces and marinades.
Nelson Fonticiella, Sr. was born in Cuba and immigrated to the US in the 1960’s. He grew up in New York and Miami where he was exposed to many diverse cultures and their flavors. He spent 30 years in the media industry before pursuing his passion in the food industry.
Yvonne Henke is a true foodie. She grew up in Southern California and honed her cooking skills on Southwestern fare . Her knowledge of authentic Mexican flavors have combined beautifully with traditional Caribbean cuisine to bring robust and complex taste to many of our dishes.
Amy is a Latin food enthusiast. She was raised in Colombia and South Florida and worked many years in Miami Cuban restaurants. She personally cooks most of the sit-down catering dishes using age- old Fonticiella family recipes but with her own twist..