Mark Catapano, Owner and Chef
grew up in an Italian family in New Jersey, and was raised with a love of good food.
was taught how to cook authentic Italian food by his
Grandmother Filomina Catapano.
love of cooking to The Culinary Institute of America
skills in all ethnic cooking styles.
has operated several different restaurants and hotels.
credit is Seasons Restaurant at The Disney Institute
helped transform the original menu concept from family style to California a la carte (and where he
also met Jessica, his
Jessica and Mark
then moved to Las Vegas, NV.
There Mark was able to further his career by working with renowned Chef Andre Rochat at Andre's French Restaurant at the Monte Carlo .
After their arrival in Charlotte in 2002, Mark was hired as Executive Chef and General Manager of Irish Blessings Bistro located in the historic Radcliff Flower Shop in uptown Charlotte .
Two years later, Mark
then moved on and upward to the position of Executive Chef at the Ballantyne Resort
and Spa where he
helped to make the resort a 4-star AAA rating..
A few years later Mark then joined the staff of the Marriott Executive Park Hotel as Executive Chef.
After moving to Charlotte, Jessica took a few years off to stay at home
and Jessica's two young boys.
Ultimately though, Mark
and Jessica felt that even after working in some of the most distinguished hotels and resorts in the country, they still missed the old fashioned Italian Specialty Markets and all the hard to find specialty items.
So, the most obvious move was to open an eatery where Mark
and Jessica can bring their love for good homemade Italian cuisine to their adopted home town.
and Jessica want to invite you to be part of ours.