23 About Me: Bringing the Amalfi to the Gulf Coast

23LogoThis month, our “23 About Me” blog series takes us on a trip to the Michael Saunders & Company Lakewood Ranch office. We posed our questions to Realtor, Tom Cinquegrano – a former Rhode Island resident with strong Italian roots.  Tom and his wife decided one day in 1977 to sail into Sarasota and they’ve been anchored here ever since.

Find out where he goes for his Italian food and what Renaissance man you’d find him dining with if he had his choice!

Cinquegrano_TomChoose one: country estate, city penthouse or beachfront living?
Enjoying the beaches of Sarasota, living in a beach cottage.

What is your favorite ice cream?
Pistachio gelato from Epicure on Main Street.

Favorite cuisine?
Italian from any of these restaurants: Made in Italy in Venice, Epicure in Sarasota, and Sardinia in Sarasota, or my own kitchen in my house.

What book are you reading now OR what is the last book you read?
Judgment of Paris: California vs. France, the historic 1976 Paris tasting that revolutionized wine

How did you first find your way to this area?
Sailing brought us to Sarasota, we had never been to the west coast of Florida, and we had just bought a new Pearson 26 sailboat while living in Rhode Island.  We soon discovered that the weather there lead to a short and cold sailing season, so we picked a spot on the Florida map and arrived in 1977!

Do you have a special talent?
Cooking anything Italian, enjoying fine wine, the love of people, and enjoying life!

How did you spend your childhood summers?
Going to the beach in Rhode Island. Rhode Island has great beaches and my grandparents had a beach house where we spent the summers.

If you could have lunch with someone from history, who would it be?

If you could vacation anywhere in the world where would it be?
Positano, Italy on the Amalfi Coast, and anywhere else in Italy.

Choose one: Boating, golfing, or the Arts?
Sailing and Kayaking

What living person do you most admire?
My wife of 39 wonderful years, Marilynn.

What do you love about working with Michael Saunders & Company?
I like the people, the culture, local knowledge and the overall experience that we have to offer clients. Plus the training and technology is second to none.

What is your favorite Broadway musical?
Les Miserables

What is the prettiest place you have been locally?
The Ringling Mansion (Ca’ d’Zan) and all of our beaches too.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
Relaxing on the beach, walking or doing a water sport.

When you have friends visit from out of town, where do you take them?
Longboat Key Club and some of my favorite restaurants/bars.

What is your favorite TV show?
Old classic TV shows (i.e. westerns, comedies, “King of Queens”)

Name one thing on your bucket list:
Living in Napa Valley or Italy and working in a vineyard.

 What did you want to be when you were little?
School teacher

What is your most treasured possession?
My wine collection, cook books, my pots and pans, and my watches.

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