May 9, 2021
Joe Leone Introna is the Owner Operator of Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties, Catering, Gastronomia and Bakery in Point Pleasant Beach & Sea Girt.
The bakery is where it all began for Joe, where his passion for breads and pastries were first developed. Then, after many years of learning and perfecting his love of baking artisan bread, he decided to pursue his culinary education and worked at a few well-known established Jersey Shore specialty markets and bakeries. While honing his craft, he decided to pursue his American dream with his family’s support and open Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties on June 2, 1997 at the age of 21.
The marriage of traditional and modern Italian cuisines, developed in his retail markets and introduced by Joe, has given the Jersey Shore educational exposure to the Italian culture. Joe is dedicated and passionate to the culinary excellence, superior customer service and love of food at the Jersey Shore.
His love of food overflows into the community. Joe has become a well-known local humanitarian who doesn’t care for the spotlight on himself and tends to shift the spotlight to more deserving organizations and places that need emergency action. Some of the organizations that Joe is continuously sharing information and teaching others about are; L’Aquila Earthquake Relief Fund, One Strong Family mission; spreading the message of F.A.M.I.L.Y.®( Forget About Me I Love You), Common Ground Grief Center, Covenant House of New Jersey, Fulfill; formally Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean County and several other local fundraising efforts.
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About Dr. Sonny Spera
Dr. Sonny Spera graduated from Union Endicott High School in 1981. With a four-year basketball scholarship he graduated from Syracuse University in 1985; majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was also the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Syracuse basketball team.
Dr. Spera graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1989 in the top 10% of his class. At SUNY Buffalo Dental School he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society. He was also UB Graduate Assistant Basketball coach. He currently serves as a part-time faculty member at the college.
Dr. Spera has been in private practice since 1989 and is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Sixth District Dental Society and the Broome County Dental Society. He is also a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, the BC Dental Society and the BCDS Study Club.
Away from the office, he volunteers with several community organizations, including the Elks Club, the Son’s of Italy, the STNY Flyers, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. He is the founder and president of ME Hoops Inc.
Dr. Spera currently resides with his wife Angela, whom he met at Syracuse University, and their three children, Marcus, Erica, and Carla. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, basketball, golf, music and movies.
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