LUCA DI PIETRO
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 promote Italy's dining 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's passion for all things Italian also ensures that the diverse wine lists are filled with gems sourced from family owned bio-dynamic wineries in Italy and Europe and cannot be found anywhere else in US.
Luca plans to play for the Italian National Team in the 2018 World Cup.
Jerry Katzenberger's passion for the Culinary Arts began at a young age, helping his grandmother roll dough and peel apples for her famous apple pie and sourcing meat for his uncle's beloved Italian deli in Long Island.
After graduating from the Culinary Academy of Long Island, he began his career with Reststar Hospitality Group, where he mastered French techniques at Bistro Cassis and later Bistro Citron, Argentine tapas at Café Buenos Aires, and Belgian cuisine at Moules Frites Biergarten Bistro. He also honed his skills at chic seafood restaurant Savanna's before returning to his Italian roots. At Tarallucci e Vino Jerry uses his diverse culinary experiences to create innovative and seasonal Italian fare.