In 1985, Cindy and Massimo met in Italy. Cindy, the daughter of an American Military officer stayed with Massimo in Italy after her parents returned to the States. At this time Massimo attended the Culinary Institute of Naples. Cindy and Massimo lived in Italy for over a decade as Massimo worked at some of Naples finest restaurants. Then it was off to Germany to work with Massimo's brother in his restaurant.
After some convincing Cindy's parents talked them into moving to Western Washington to open their own restaurant. Massimo worked in Tacoma and Seattle while they looked for their own place. It was a trip to Gig Harbor that got the ball rolling. Massimo saw a resemblance to his home town of Naples in Gig Harbor and knew Gig Harbor was the place to open their restaurant. On October 6th, 2003 they opened Terracciano Ristorante in Gig Harbor. After five great years at Terracciano's, Massimo and Cindy sold it to open a larger waterfront restaurant, Massimo Italian Bar and Grill.