My culinary career starts in 1994 at Trilussa restaurant in Encino, CA. I spent nine years with two Italian chefs, Giovanni and Luigi who, in Italian, taught me preparation, method, the various regions and the Italian food culture. I believe truly in my training and therefore preparation and presentation of food is art.
I traveled in California, Hawaii and Las Vegas to open other Trilussa restaurants. While in Hawaii I traveled to Rome to fine tune my language and culinary art knowledge of traditional recipes of the old country.
After Hawaii, I moved to Las Vegas and I worked in and opened Macaroni Grill, Il Fornaio, Bertolini's, Restaurante Portabella and Canaletto (in the Venetian Casino).
I then arrived in Denver to open the Il Fornaio in the DTC.
I then had the distinct honor and privilege to work for the traditional and popular Pagliacci's with a 66 year legacy in North Denver. I now have the opportunity at my new home, Gaetano's to continue serving authentic Italian food for the community of Denver.