Good Business Starts with Family at Antonia's in Foxborough
Jack Toursiello and his father, Ezio, have worked side-by-side for more than a decade in Foxborough.
Jack and his father, Ezio Toursiello, have been working together at Antonia’s in Foxborough for about a decade.
Jack said they’ve been doing great work with their restaurant.
“Antonia’s started with my mother, Antonia,” he said. “It started as a part-time job, working for the previous owners. We bought it about a year later.”
Toursiello said his father started Antonia’s in 1999, and he came on full-time after college in 2003. During school, he worked in an office job.
“I didn’t have enough time not to like it,” he said.
Toursiello recalled cooking was a very important part of his family’s life while growing up.
“We never ate out and we were always very involved in food,” he said. “My mom was a stay-at-home mom at the time and I picked up a lot of stuff.”
Toursiello said while many folks from Foxborough and Mansfield come to the restaurant, the biggest work they do is catering for over 50 companies in the Mansfield and Foxborough industrial parks.
Toursiello said originally the restaurant was located where the Hobby Shop is now in the Foxfield Plaza, but it was a small setup.
“It only sat about 16 people with maybe three or four tables,” he said. “Then we moved here. Our catering business grew and that was the reason for the growth.”
Toursiello said Antonia’s works with many local groups in Mansfield and Foxborough since the business is right on the town line.
“We help quite a few charities,” he said. “The list is pretty long.”
He said the local business supports the Foxborough Regional Charter School, the Ahern Middle School, the Relay for Life and the Jordan Jackson School.
“We go based on our customers,” he said. “If one of our customers comes in and says, 'We have a daughter that plays on a team,' we go about it that way. Being in the middle of both towns is pretty interesting. We like to give back to where our customers come from.”