Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dario Schicke, Owner of Avoli Osteria, located in Omaha, NE, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We are a full-service Northern Italian Restaurant. Our customers are anyone who enjoys quality House Made Pasta and Italian food and wine.

Tell us about yourself

I am from Sarajevo, Bosnia, and grew up in the restaurant industry. When I was living in NYC, I attended the French Culinary Institute, so I have a background in French cooking. Our first restaurant in Omaha was a French Belgian Restaurant that we recently closed. I was very passionate about Italian cuisine and wanted to do something different. We opened Avoli in 2013. I am very passionate about food. Especially making simple food extraordinary. I love to make people happy with food and expand their minds to what great food can taste like.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I think it would be, creating two successful restaurants that were completely different cuisines and changing the restaurant scene in Omaha.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Well, a restaurant has a lot of moving parts, and you never know what each day will bring. So probably the daily problem-solving.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Be passionate.
  2. Have skin in the game; if you aren’t willing to invest your own money, you probably won’t be successful.
  3. Work very hard.

Where can people find you and your business?


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