Frank Tammaro

The chef is a second-generation Italian who grew up in an Italian neighborhood in Paterson New Jersey. I learned cooking from my mother and my grandmother (Who was Neapolitan) she lived upstairs on the third floor. In this neighborhood I would walk  to the bakery to get bread, to the market to get vegetables, fish from the fishmonger, meat from the butcher and chicken from uncle Tommy’s poultry store.

I married into an Italian family from Tuscany (actually Boni de Luca) and again lived in an Italian neighborhood in Illinois, where everything was self-contained. I loved eating this regions food and learning, about the region and how to cook its food.

Also for 30 years I was blessed to travel with my job and was able to eat in some of the best restaurants in the country. When I came home and I tried to mimic some of the food I had eaten.

My passion and love for food has not wavered since I was a child. Watching or helping prepare our meals, either making pasta with gravy, roasts, fish courses and deserts for Sunday or the massive spread for our holiday dinners that we would sit for hours and eat. Or learning how to create what I had eaten at some of the restaurants I traveled to.

In either case since 2001 I’ve concentrated on my Italian cooking heritage. Always keeping in mind what grandma said, “It’s your right to have the best” and now “I give you my best and I hope it is good enough for you”.

One Comment

  1. 11-8-2013

    Hello Frank,
    My husband and I will be traveling to the Cape for a family wedding on February 7, 2014. Would love to be able to attend one of your dinners if you are serving on February 8th. I am writing to you early in hopes of being able to share in your experience of Italian cooking. I am also 100% Italian. My maiden name is Romano.(Calabrese) My mom’s maiden name is Gallo.( Wine and cheese…lol
    Anyhow, I am also passionate about Italian cooking. I love all cooking. Let me know if this date works for you and any specific I need to know..
    Thanks, Judy D.

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