The name means "my kitchen of love" in English. With their love story, it would be natural to think the restaurant name came about just because of their romance, but it did not.
"It's about the love in the recipe," Julia said.
"There's a difference when you care about what you are cooking," Frank said.
He uses old family recipes for a lot of the dishes they serve at the restaurant, but he also creates new dishes -- and frequently names them for family members.
"It's about using fresh ingredients and doing it right and not compromising," he said.
Both drawn to the ocean, they were married on May 18, 2013, at Top Sail Beach, N.C., "just ... like it was meant to happen," Frank said.
These days, as busy as they are, they still maintain a Friday date night where they pick up pizza from Graziano's, a favorite downtown restaurant and the site of their very first Friday-night date.
"We decided we were going to travel and do fun things together, and that is what we have continued to do," Julia said.
Together they have six dogs, a kind of canine Brady Bunch.
Between their recent travels, their bustling restaurant, their family, and the dogs, they talk rapidly and enthusiastically about their life together in Charleston, often completing each other sentences without realizing it.
"I love it here. Julia balances me out. She taught me to have more regard for the human element where I was very business-oriented before," Frank said.
"All the things that led us to this spot, God was putting us where we needed to be," his wife said.
Cupid would expect nothing less.
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