Business Spotlight: Marco Vico - Café Vico

Marco Vico. Courtesy photo.

Chef Marco Vico owns Café Vico, one of Fort Lauderdale’s most popular, upscale Italian restaurants. A third-generation Italian, Chef Vico was born and raised in Brazil but moved to New Jersey in the early 1980’s, where he worked in an Italian restaurant and where he progressed from dishwasher to full chef and manager.

In 1997 Vico and his family moved to Fort Lauderdale “because of the weather,” where he opened Café Vico. In addition to owning the restaurant, Vico was head chef for a decade before he turned chef duties to Jose Villatoro, whom he personally trained. “People like good food anywhere in the world so why not put everything in a pan and make the best of it.”

“There is nothing more rewarding than creating a dish and taking it to the table to see the guests enjoy it. I am like an artist who creates a piece of work only to see people's look of pleasure on their face. It's very satisfying,” Vico said. “Since I was young, coming from an Italian background family in Brazil, it was all about cooking and eating. Working at a bank back then my dream was to own my own business. A few years went by then my wife came into play and said, 'Let’s go to America. I will help on anything you need' and she did.”

Next to his cooking, Chef Vico’s biggest passion is Éclair, his wife of 36 years, their daughters, Nineve and Priscilla, and their two grandchildren. Vico loves to “drink wine when cooking or doing nothing.” A sports fanatic, Vico is a “diehard” Miami Dolphins fan. He enjoys boating on Fort Lauderdale’s waterways, and hanging out with his family.

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