Expert Interview: Emanuele Simeoni
Behind the Burner: Emanuele Simeoni, Executive Chef, Via dei Mille
Born in Latisana, Italy, Emanuele Simeoni has always had a love for fine food.
From the time he
was a small child, he
was brought up to think, talk, and breathe "food.
As with most Italian families, Simeoni's
mother was an excellent cook and from a very early age, she
taught him to appreciate quality, home cooked, Italian cuisine.
family business, which was a food distribution company, also had a helping hand in making Simeoni the sought after chef he
As a food distributor, Simeoni
dealt first hand with distributing meat, fish, vegetables and dairy to various hotels and restaurants in the area.
This put Simeoni right in the kitchens of the greatest restaurants in Italy and allowed him to see the great variety of produce that existed and the endless possibilities when it came to cooking.
It was at this time point in his
life that Simeoni
would be a chef.
Simeoni worked at Al Grob for five years, before deciding to move to the US and open his very own restaurant.
Barbaluc allowed Simeoni
to create Italy in Manhattan with Italian style cooking that incorporated fresh ingredients.
Simeoni sold Barbaluc after four years and become a partner in Bar Italia in New York's Upper East Side, which he sold after one short year.
was approached by restaurant entrepreneurs Giuseppe Tuosto and Barry Mullineaux to run the kitchen at Via dei Mille, a home style Italian eatery in Manhattan's SoHo.
Before accepting their offer, Simeoni returned to his hometown of Latisana where he was able to reflect on why he became a chef to begin with, which was his love of good food.
While in Italy, Simeoni
continued to cook and experiment with new dishes and ingredients.
In April 2010, Simeoni
returned to the US with a menu full of new dishes and become the Executive Chef of Via dei Mille.
cooking style as New World Italian, using old recipes in a new style.
It is through the use of fresh herbs, seasonal ingredients, and unprocessed foods that Simeoni
creates unique dishes that bring your taste buds to life.