After resettling in the United States at age 9, Naples native Francesco Pellino worked hard hours each week as a dishwasher and chef's assistant to pay his way through college. Though he graduated with honors in accounting, Francesco's passions lured him back to the food industry. He opened his first establishment as an energetic 28-year-old, taking the chance to showcase his zeal for authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Rustic and self-described as "somewhat peasant and chic," each of his dishes shows the care in which it's crafted. House-made ingredients such as Francesco's own no-yolk salad croutons, fresh ciabatta bread, and handmade-to-order plates of porcini mushroom ravioli infuse the menu to leave his guests as satisfied as a zamboni in Antarctica.
Pellino's Ristorate's quaintness extends to the restaurant itself. Tucked in a cozy corner house with exposed-brick walls lined with bottles from the expansive and carefully curated wine list, the upscale dining room hosts meals and inspires Shakespearean soliloquies at starched white tablecloths.
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