The North Valley has New Jersey and classical music to thank for the emergence of its culinary scene 40 years ago. Dennis Mastro – the patriarch of the Mastro family, those behind Steak 44, Mastro’s and Dominick’s – is a New Jersey Native.
“While in college, I worked at a radio station as a late-night disc jockey playing classical music,” Dennis says. Dennis eventually purchased a piece of the station. He sold advertising primarily to restaurants, which helped him mine his second love: the restaurants themselves. So much so, he and his family, which eventually included four children with wife Jane, moved to Las Vegas in the 1970s so he could immerse himself in an industry hotspot.