Drago’s: An American Journey recounts the inspiring saga of the Cvitanovich family, pioneers of Drago’s Seafood Restaurant in Metairie, Louisiana. From humble beginnings to culinary legends, Drago and Klara Cvitanovich embody the immigrant experience and entrepreneurial spirit, fleeing post-World War II Europe with little but determination. Through unwavering dedication, they introduced their iconic dish, charbroiled oysters, to the world, captivating taste buds far and wide.
Peter Finney Jr. paints a vivid portrait of the Cvitanovich family’s odyssey, from Croatia’s marshlands to New Orleans’ bustling streets. Through captivating storytelling and firsthand accounts, Finney captures the essence of Drago and Klara’s relentless pursuit of success and their profound impact on their community.
Inducted into the LRA Hall of Fame, Drago and Klara, and later their son Tommy Cvitanovich who was honored as the LRA Restaurateur of the Year, epitomize excellence and innovation in the restaurant industry. Drago’s: An American Journey transcends a mere restaurant biography, celebrating family, heritage, and the power of food to unite communities.
The Cvitanovich family’s post-Katrina emergency food distribution efforts, rooted in their firsthand experience of hunger during WWII, exemplify their commitment to serving others and fostering resilient bonds within their community.
Beyond Drago’s tantalizing dishes lies a richly woven tapestry of stories of perseverance and generosity that inspire aspiring restaurateurs with the quintessential American narrative of turning dreams into reality through hard work, determination, and faith in family.
Drago’s: An American Journey is a testament to the Cvitanovich family’s enduring legacy and their indelible mark on Louisiana’s culinary landscape, embodying the resilience and tenacity that define the American spirit.
The book is available on Amazon.com; Barnes and Nobles and at the Drago’s Restaurant locations in New Orleans (Hilton Riverside), Metairie, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Shreveport and Jackson, Mississippi.