Cara's love for the food world was born around her family's dinner table in New York. From the early age of 11, she began working at a local bakery where her passion continued to grow. After culinary school, Cara moved to San Francisco and worked her way through some of the best restaurants and was even sent to Rome by her chef to stage for six months. In 2013 she moved back to New York as a Sous-Chef at Il Buco Alimentari and then Upland under Justin Smillie before joining as Executive Chef at Tarallucci e Vino.
Cara is married to another New York chef. On their days off, the culinary couple enjoys hosting dinner parties and out cooking one another.
Luca Di Pietro hails from the Central Italian region of Abruzzo. He founded Tarallucci e Vino in 2001, while running the US subsidiary of an Italian coffee company. Luca set out to capture the ease and casual elegance of Italy’s “bar” or “caffé” culture, something he missed and wanted to recreate in New York. That simple idea soon grew into a group of restaurants both European expats and New Yorkers appreciate for their authentic Italian appeal and warmth. Luca plans to play for the Italian National Team in the 2018 World Cup.
Born in Italy’s gastronomical center to parents from the South, Francesco grew up with a full exposure to the Italian culinary scene. He got his start in the world famous Ristorante San Domenico in his hometown of Imola, Italy. He continued to work his way through Emilia-Romagna and Italy until moving to New York in 2011 where he became the Chef de Cuisine at Piccolo Caffe. Francesco then moved onto A Voce Columbus where he worked as a Sous-Chef for three years before coming onboard as the Chef de Cuisine at Tarallucci e Vino.
Francesco is married, resides in Brooklyn and enjoys gardening on his days off. We can’t wait to try his tomatoes!
Lorenzo grew up in in Vezzano sul Crostolo, Emilia Romagna watching his grandfather make wine. He owned and opened wine bars in Italy before moving to New York. He joined the Tarallucci e Vino team in 2007, becoming a partner in 2013, and has made it his mission to fill the wine list with unique, small-batch producers. Many vineyards he works with are family-run and biodynamic, and some of the grapes he offers cannot be found anywhere else in the US. He takes frequent trips back to Italy to see his family and to discover new winemakers.