CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Nino Pernetti, the owner of Caffe Abbracci in Coral Gables, died Tuesday night, according to the Mayor of Coral Gables. He was 76.
Coral Gables Mayor Vince Lago wrote that he deeply mourns the loss.
“To honor his memory, I will propose that block 300 of Aragon be named Nino’s Way,” Lago wrote.
Pernetti was first diagnosed with COVID-19 in December 2020 and underwent a tracheotomy at Jackson Memorial Hospital in March 2021. He continued to be treated for complications.
Many former employees, such as Jesse H. Vasquez, wrote messages on the restaurant’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
“I worked for him for 34 years, always a gentleman. His legacy not just in the industry but in life,” Vazquez wrote. “He was my mentor.”
A long list of loyal customers, including businessmen and artists, also left tributes. Lynn Parks, a Coral Gables photographer, said he’s a creative “Italian” loved by everyone.
“It didn’t matter if you were a banker or a bank clerk, he made everyone feel important,” Parks said.
Pernetti is survived by his ex-wife Marlen Pernetti and daughters Tatiana and Katerina Pernetti.
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