Meet The Team
Don Ciccio Jr.
PRESIDENTE AND MASTER BLENDER
Presidente of Don Ciccio & Figli and founder of Think Italian LLC, Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Amodeo began his journey in the hospitality industry as a young boy growing up in the small town of Furore, Italy, a quaint, tight-knit hamlet of just over 800 residents. With an extended family supplying the town with its most celebrated chefs, winemakers, and artisanal liqueur makers, Amodeo became an epicure at a young age, and began his life-long love affair with hospitality. Deciding to follow in his family’s footsteps, Amodeo got his first job at the age of 14, working under the mentorship of Marisa Cuomo, one of Italy’s most respected winemakers. He continued his apprenticeship at his uncle's restaurant in Positano. Uncle Amodeo soon pulled young Francesco behind the cocktail bar, and in that moment, an Amalfi Coast alchemist was born. He had found his true calling in hospitality, and Francesco continued his tutelage at the town’s only resort. At Furore Inn Resort young Amodeo came of age, and received many specialized certifications of his expertise. In 2004, he became a Master of Food and Beverage Management, but not before his certification as a Master Sommelier for the A.I.S. of Napoli, Italy. He is a Master Barman through the A.I.B.E.S. of Salerno too.
In the spirit of adventure, Francesco travelled to Washington D.C. in 2005. Seeing its potential as an epicurean capital, he decided to return in February 2006 to make D.C. his home. Francesco became prominent in the evolving hospitality scene, lending his expertise to notable establishments including Butterfield 9, Hook, Café Milano, and Bibiana Osteria Enoteca. But there was something else stirring in his blood. Francesco began to research and experiment with handcrafted liqueurs in his free time. With over a century of family history in the business, at the age of 29, Francesco started Don Ciccio & Figli. His vision: to bring the signature flavors of his hometown back to life, and share the artisanal ‘Rosoli’ with the world.
Jonathan Fasano was born in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Kenyon College in 2011. In 2013, while working on an aromatics farm in Italy, he discovered an infinite passion for cultivating and distilling aromatic plants for their essential oils. After returning to the United States and chasing less satisfying career possibilities, Jonathan made his way to D.C. in 2015.
He soon met Don Ciccio & Figli president and founder, Francesco Amodeo. As a fine arts graduate and enthusiast of Italian culture, Jonathan’s passions aligned with Francesco's mission and over the years, he has has evolved from a production assistant to sales and marketing manager. Today, you can find Jonathan traversing the cities of the USA, sharing our range of craft Italian liqueurs with America’s most discerning bon vivants.