“Having spent my entire life – both personal and professional – in the pursuit of creating original, flavorful and beautiful food, I wish to bring to America my unique interpretation of Italian cuisine. My creations honor and incorporate the many traditions of the varied Mediterranean cultures.”
Autentico will serve meals that are made with only the finest ingredients, farm fresh and locally sourced. Our menu will change seasonally. We strive for a perfect synchronicity of food, season and climate. Chef Pecoraro believes in a synergistic relationship between Chef and client to raise the dining experience to a new plateau. He delights in creating original recipes that challenge the clichés of typical restaurant fare.
Clients can expect the unexpected, meals that are – as visually beautiful as they are delicious – innovative yet traditional – simple yet complex – authentic with the flavors unique to Chef Pecoraro.
My name is Francesco Pecoraro and I was born in Filaga, a small Sicilian village.
There are three very special women in my life; my grandmother Ciccina, my mother Mela and my sister Maria. Growing up, I had the immense pleasure of watching these ladies in the daily meal preparations in our home. A great part of their day was – and still is – dedicated to working in the family kitchen. It was through them that my great love of cooking was born.
From an early age I was determined to become a chef. As a boy, I apprenticed in my brother in law’s restaurant. Following that, I attended the Istituto Professionale di Stato a Pallavincino and after an intensive five year program graduated as Chef.
Working both summer and winter seasons, I have been able to travel throughout Italy, which offered me the opportunity to compare the various traditions of the many cities I worked in. Before long I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting and studying under two great Italian Chefs: Gino Agnelini and Mauro Uliassi.
Working with them was like discovering a different world, full of new flavors, creativity and startling originality. This encouraged me to start experimenting myself and moved me away from a traditional style cuisine toward a more interpretive Mediterranean style.
It is during this time that I opened my own restaurant Castello di Albereto , located in an 16th Century Medieval Castle in the town of Montescudo in the Province of Rimini, Italy A dream come true, full of incredible experiences, joys, and success – a professional milestone. In 2010, I received: Premio Rimini Restaurant of the Year, which I share together with my collaborators: Davide Gostoli, Manager, and Giorgio Pecoraro, Sommelier.
Wishing for new challenges, in 2011, I became the personal Chef to singer/songwriter Anna Oxa and was responsible for preparing vegan meals for her and her entire staff. During this time, we remained in Sanremo, renowned for its famous Sanremo Music Festival.
I am now ready to begin a new chapter of my professional life, and hope to bring my own personal style of Italian cuisine to America.
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