Tarallucci e Vino was founded by Luca Di Pietro. In 2001, while running the US subsidiary of an Italian coffee company, he set out to capture the ease and casual elegance of Italy’s “bar” or “caffé” culture, something he missed and wanted to provide for other expats. Tarallucci e Vino, rated “the best and the most true to the Italian way” by Vanity Fair, is well loved by Italian expats and New Yorkers alike for the rare, hard-to-capture Italian experience offered there. In order to adhere to the high quality of food in Italy, produce served at the restaurant’s three locations is sourced from Executive Chef Andrew Welch’s family’s organic farm and the Union Square Greenmarket, and all bread, pastry and pastas are made in house. Recent winner of the Ospitalità Italiana Award for authentic Italian cuisine, Tarallucci e Vino is known for its “sophisticated atmosphere” and rated “satisfying in every way” – The New York Times.

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Luca Di Pietro Founder

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.

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Andrew Welch   Executive Chef

Andrew’s passion for cooking was apparent at a very young age. At the age of 18, Andrew became Chef Tournant at the acclaimed Union League Café in New Haven, CT. Andrew moved to New York to become Chef Tournant at David Burke Townhouse and Esca while completing stages in numerous Michelin starred restaurants. After stints in Hong Kong and Macau, Andrew became Executive Sous Chef at the Essex House Hotel. Andrew became the Executive Chef of Tarallucci e Vino in 2013. Andrew is inspired by produce from the Union Square Greenmarket and his uncle’s organic farm in Cape May, NJ.

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Lorenzo Baricca 
Wine Director

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.

Amanda Darrach
Director of PR & Marketing

Amanda writes and teaches about food and culture in New York City. She was a client at Tarallucci e Vino for nine years before she became the marketing director for the restaurant. She oversees promotions and branding, runs social media platforms and co-directs the group’s catering and private event sales, including at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Amanda is a former professional dancer and has a background in the magazine industry.