About Us

It started with a seed and flourished into a business...

Giardino Gourmet Salads started back in 2004 in Miami, FL by our founders, Ody and Kenny Lugo. As a former teacher and firefighter, their focus was to bring wholesome foods back on the scene - packaged in a delicious salad and using a wide variety of only the freshest ingredients. What was once a small restaurant in Coral Gables that seated 12 people, today has flourished into a multi-unit operation that still serves a unique and wide array of products with personalized attention, passion and love.

Led by a Board of Directors with a combined 100 years of restaurant experience, Giardino Gourmet Salads is now the premier salad concept of South Florida with 12 restaurants throughout Miami Dade and Broward County. In 2016, Giardino grows out of state for the first time to Nashville, TN and Raleigh, NC.

With the same passion from when our founders started this concept, our Gardener Chefs continue to serve hand-crafted, great-tasting salads and gourmet menu offerings using the freshest ingredients including homemade freshly baked croutons and homemade deli salads - signature to the Giardino brand.