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CENITARE RESTAURANTS, LLC
Tramonto’s restaurant management and development company
Osteria di Tramonto
Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood
RT Sushi Bar & Lounge
All located in the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, Illinois. New locations of Osteria di Tramonto, Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood and RT Sushi Bar & Lounge opening in the Chicago area in 2008.
Rochester, New York
Gotham Bar & Grill, Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Guerard, Lettuce Entertain You
First restaurant job:
Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, 1979
Kosher salt and pepper
Greatest cooking influence:
Alfred Portale of the Gotham Bar & Grill
Least favorite condiment:
I ignite my cooking creativity by …
the changing seasons.
Earliest food memory:
My mom’s lasagna — homemade meat sauce layered high with fresh ricotta cheese.
I have over 2,200 cookbooks in my collection, with favorites by Pierre Gagnaire, Alain Ducasse, Daniel Boulud, James Beard and Charlie Trotter.
Most admired regional chef: