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Valentino Marcattilii

Biography

Executive Chef/ Co-Owner Ristorante San Domenico

Chef Valentino Marcattilii, born in Mosciamo Sant Angelo moved with his family to his now home of Imola, when he was just 6 years old. He began to work at Ristorante San Domenico at the young age of 16 assisting Nino Bergese, Chef of the last king of Italy with whom he collaborated and learned from for 7 years until Bergese passed.

Marcattilii then followed with apprenticeships in some of the most renowned restaurants in France – Auberge de l’Ile, Troisgros, Madame Point, Vergé. Upon his return he assumed... READ MORE

Executive Chef/ Co-Owner Ristorante San Domenico

Chef Valentino Marcattilii, born in Mosciamo Sant Angelo moved with his family to his now home of Imola, when he was just 6 years old. He began to work at Ristorante San Domenico at the young age of 16 assisting Nino Bergese, Chef of the last king of Italy with whom he collaborated and learned from for 7 years until Bergese passed.

Marcattilii then followed with apprenticeships in some of the most renowned restaurants in France – Auberge de l’Ile, Troisgros, Madame Point, Vergé. Upon his return he assumed the direction of the Ristorante San Domenico kitchens, for which he is now also co-owner.
Valentino operated the kitchen as a united and efficient organization with a great respect for tradition, the freshest products of the region, and a rigorous yet simple preparation of dishes.

He introduced, for the first time in Italian restaurants, the idea of “home cooking” which up to then had only been entertained within the walls of aristocratic homes. With this idea he began to collaborate, and consult internationally with Chefs and restaurants in the US, Paris and Hong Kong.

In June of 1988 Valentino opened Ristorante San Domenico in New York at 240 Central Park South, as the Executive Chef. San Domenico NYC, received 3 stars from the New York Times by Brian Miller in July of 1988, an award that he had never before given to an Italian restaurant. That same year, Esquire Magazine defined Ristorante San Domenico “the best of the Year” in the USA.

Ristorante San Domenico NYC thrived for almost 2 decades on Central Park South, closing in 2007, making room for current 2 Michelin starred, Marea, owned and operated by his good friend Michael White (with whom he spent over 6 years with in Imola) and the Altamarea Group.

Now Chef Valentino continues to carry on Bergese’s vision for Ristorante San Domencio, Imola, along with Natale, brother, and Massimiliano, nephew, as it celebrates over 48 years of operating, 45 of which, holding 2 highly regarded Michelin stars.

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