Mario Scinicariello, 67, owner of the legendary original Mario the Baker restaurant of North Miami, Sunrise and currently Royal Palm Beach, lost his 18 month battle with pleomorphic spindle cell sarcoma on Monday, February 29.
Born to John and Palmina Scinicariello in Stamford, Connecticut, Mario grew up in the family restaurant business. There, he opened his first restaurant at the age of 18, where it flourished until he opted for a warmer climate and moved to North Miami in 1969. He then built and opened his first Mario the Baker in South Florida. During that time, he met and married the love of his life, Suzanne, and they immediately started their family. Suzanne and their three children, Mina, John and Matthew were his greatest passion. Aside from the restaurant, he loved spending the day playing a round of 18 whether it be with his family or his many great friends from Adios Golf club in Deerfield Beach or Mayacoo Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, not to mention anticipating a spirited game of gin afterwards.
Mario’s Italian heritage and culture made him the unique person that he was. He loved nothing more than sitting around the dining table with family enjoying a dish of macaroni with gravy and meatballs and a nice glass of Brunello, always followed with ‘un bel espresso’.
Mario leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Suzanne, his adored children: daughter, Palmina Puebla, son-in-law Kevin Puebla, who he loved as if he was his own son, sons; John (l’amore di papa) and Matthew; his three precious grandchildren, Giuseppe, Francesca and Luciano, his brother and sister and law, Ralph and Armanda Scinicariello.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in his name at curesarcoma.org.