We had the good fortune of connecting with Gina Sansonia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gina, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I was raised by hardworking, Italian-Americans who always stressed education & job security. Neither of my parents were entrepreneurs, so the thought of starting my own business was a scary, foreign concept. You often hear people say “the greater the risk, the greater the reward”. I agree with this statement, but I’ve learned that there’s a time, and healthy progression for this. You can’t be complacent in business, and you always need to push yourself to get to the next level.
What should our readers know about your business?
Cucina Bambina specializes in gourmet, Italian Fusion by creating a unique, nostalgic menu that changes daily/weekly. Although some prefer a set menu, this model has helped us adapt to price increases, and ensuring the quality in our food, and keeping our pricing consistent.
Often times we offer “Chef’s Choice” which is intended for the foodie or adventurous eater. You won’t know what you’re getting until you receive it, which is the fun part! It’s amazing how many customers have embraced this experience. I’m always so excited when someone picks “Chef’s Choice”.
In addition to being a local food truck (based out of Fort Lauderdale), we also have our own Cucina Bambina Extra Virgin Olive Oil that we use in our food, and also have available for purchase.
We offer various catering options that range from food truck service for parties & gated communities, drop off service, as well as a private chef experience in your home! We typically book 1-3 months in advance, so if you have us in mind for an upcoming occasion then I would lock us in today!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My first stop would be the beach because I never can get enough fun in the sun!
There are so many gems to discover in South Florida, and across the globe. We’ve lost many iconic places due to COVID, and restaurant owners are truly struggling to find reliable staff, and keep their doors open.
My advice to people visiting or anyone choosing to dine out would be: Be patient, be kind, and be sure to tip your server! Kindness and compassion goes a long way in life.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve had an amazing mentor. “Sensei”, you’ve pushed me to be better, to be fearless, and to always have fun in the kitchen. Some of the fondest memories in my culinary career have been with you, and I’ve forever grateful.
My initial business partner, Rosario helped me start Cucina Bambina Inc in 2015, so without him, Cucina would not be.
I obviously have to thank my friends, family, and loyal customers for their support, but I wouldn’t be completely honest if I didn’t thank “The Haters”; Your lack of support, kindness & faith in me has been the fuel that has kept me going, and made me what I am today.
Last, but certainly not least is my MVP Antoinette; Without you, Cucina would not be standing. You have picked me up, dusted me off (multiple times), and sacrificed so much to get us to the next level. I’m excited for our future, and know we will do great things.
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