We had the good fortune of connecting with Salvatore Giordano and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Salvatore, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Sometimes I felt like I was walking on a wire with a blindfold on holding my family with one hand and my job with the other. I was always hoping to give the right importance to both without falling. Starting a new business is like a puppy that constantly needs care and can’t be abandoned. That’s been my first thought every morning. But the birth of my son changed everything. It broke the balance and I fell. It was one of the most stressful times of my life because I would become a father and an entrepreneur. Both for the first time and both at the same time.

I only found balance today because of my wife. She pointed out to me that some moments don’t come back. She urged me to live now what I might have regretted and never got back. And to find the right space for work. Anyone who thinks they’ve found a balance between a career and a growing family … actually made a choice. You unknowingly chose one of the two.

What should our readers know about your business?
Motor-bites was born from the desire to express myself. From the desire to let the world taste my food, my culture. We Italians love to cook and through food we express ourselves. I was born in a town in Sicily, overlooking the sea. Everything was cooked at home with fresh ingredients and first quality. I want to go back to those flavors. I miss them and I want my son to know them. We have recently expanded and we have a second ape car in Los Angeles run by an Italian-American couple. They are smart, funny and with a great desire to continue our project.

It was easy? No, and it still isn’t, but we’re positive. I repeat to myself that we must not set limits on ourselves, that we must never give up before trying everything. This path is teaching me that even if we start with not much in hand, we can surprise ourselves and get to the top. Maybe there are obstacles that only willpower and tenacity can’t overcome but we must always be proud of ourselves.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love California and fortunately got to visit and get to know it. My wife and I love sports, food and the ocean but now that there is a little one year old man in the family, we love playgroung, disneyland, playing with sand and picnics in the park. I would definitely take my friends with kids to the zoo and feed a Giraffe; and to the safari, located in Escondido the flightline safari is actually a zipline that glides over the park’s asian and african savannah habitats. My son loves the park at moonlight beach in Encinitas. I love stopping there for vegetarian food, really a tasty revelation. Nearby I would stop at Butterfly farms and the petting zoo. On Sunday mornings we love going to mission bay beach club, they make a great flavored latte like I’ve never tried before. My wife loves the lavender one while I love the fluffer nuts. Can’t miss the bike ride at mission bay. For lunch I would take my friends to eat tacos at the “blue water seafood market & grill”, I had the best grilled calamari tacos ever. There is so much to do in and around San Diego, one week is not enough. There is something for everyone. North County is perfect for a tour of wineries, wine tastings and charcuterie and cheese boards; in the south, we rode horses on the beach and hiked; the hike to Torre Pines is another stop for an enchanting view, like the sunset at ocean beach. Maybe on the last day I would take a sailboat ride to Coronado.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Of course. I agree that the team is the key to success. My wife is my number one supporter. The project started in my mind but together we made it a reality. She always has innovative and more current ideas. I am always trying to imagine “what’s next.” She believes in my potential, in my passion for baking. She knows our sacrifices and how far we’ve come to get here. It’s not easy for an Italian couple to reach their dreams far from home. And of course I thank all our dearest friends in San Diego. They love our food and have encouraged us to let everyone taste it. They told me to go with my gut. And they were right. And I thank myself for trusting my hands!!

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