Founded by the Culcasi Family in 1980, the award-winning Rosine’s Restaurant has reached a milestone of 40 years in business.
In 1980, Jim Sr. and Rosine Culcasi along with their children founded Rosine’s Restaurant at the Del Monte Shopping Center, serving delicious, homemade food in generous portions with friendly customer service. After five years, they relocated the restaurant to 434 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.
Since its founding in 1980, the family has happily shared in the work, from cooking and baking to serving and greeting. An instant success, Rosine's established a reputation with satisfied customers who enjoyed their delicious homemade soups, hearty meals, homemade fresh pies and sumptuous array of delicious homemade, award-winning cakes.
When Jim Sr. retired in 1994, Jim Jr. took the helm and now reigns as CEO. You can still find Jim Sr. mingling with customers, and you never know when Rosine will be in the kitchen making her scrumptious meat loaf and fruit pies. Daughter Renee left in 1986, and authored a cookbook featuring some of the restaurant’s most beloved recipes. The book is currently out of stock, but the family hopes to re-print the book later this year. Daughter Annette helped run the restaurant for many years, and in 2017 left to pursue her own ventures.
The third generation of the Culcasi family – Chris, John and Michael – have all worked in the restaurant and John and Michael are still working there. John rose to the position of general manager and works closely with his father, Jim Jr., to run the restaurant. Jim’s wife, Susan, is instrumental in building Rosine’s presence through its website and social media, networking, and customer relations.