Initially, though, he thought he would pursue a different career path. At Hudson Valley Community College, he studied business and engineering. But after a short stint as an electrician, he got his start in the food business.
"It was just sandwiches and pizza, and now here I am," he said.
His decision to move to Malta came after Roma proved so popular that Bove wanted to try something smaller. It was hard work managing a big staff, he said.
That's not a problem at My Way Cafe. There are only four people who work there. Bove does all of the cooking, two women wait tables and Bove's wife, Susan, does a little bit of everything, working behind the bar, serving food, helping to open and close.
Like John, Susan has a long history in food service. She's worked for 35 years as the food service manager at Little Sisters of the Poor in Latham. Bove's mother was a resident there, and when Susan heard 15 years ago that he needed help at his restaurant, she came on board. About eight years later, they were married.
They've never had a problem working together, both say. There's no great secret to their working relationship; they simply enjoy each other and their jobs.
"We're best friends," Susan said.
She admitted that when she first started at My Way Cafe, she wasn't too familiar with Sinatra's songs. Over the years, though, she's grown fond of the man nicknamed Ol' Blue Eyes and even boasted that his great-niece has stopped in to eat several times.
Bove said he tries to keep people coming back with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. All of the restaurant's dishes are made to order, many of them accented by herbs he grows in a garden behind the restaurant. This year, he had to move the garden to his house because of the construction (created by Global Foundries) outside the restaurant. One of his specialties is flower pot herb bread, which he makes daily in 4-inch containers.