Nominated for: BEST Italian
Chef-Owner Alessandro Carollo was born in Palermo, on the northern coast of Sicily. When he was a little boy he became familiar with cooking through frequent visits to his grandfather's kitchen where he would learn old family recipes. At the age of 14 he enrolled himself into a culinary school and after five years of study he began to work in traditional Sicilian restaurants like Francu u Piscaturi in Porticello and then in prestigious restaurants throughout Italy like the Grand Hotel in Florence. Though Alessandro was making quite a name for himself in Italy his real dream was to pursue a career in the United States, his dream became a reality when he moved to San Diego California and worked at a restaurant called Tuscany in La Costa. After two years he started to work for Il Fornaio and it didn't take long for this young talented chef to take over the kitchen, and after six months he was promoted to Chef-Partner and worked for several of the chains locations. After four years Alessandro, with the support of his wife Sara, who is also Sicilian, decided to take a chance and open his own restaurant. Drawing from all his experiences and natural talents and now with the freedom to create and the ability to express himself through his dishes without any limitations, Alessandro, with Sara's hard work and encouragement was able to open a second location in less than one year. So now even more guests can dine at Venice and enjoy the experience of Alessandro's ability to provide true authentic Italian flavor in every dish.
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