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1305 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
Brian’s interest in cooking began at a very young age. He was amazed at how his Nana could make something out of what most would think was nothing. He also was intrigued by early cooking shows that featured Julia Child and Martin Yan. After graduating from Johnson and Wales University, Brian took a job working for Fine Host and soon realized that he was yearning for more creativity. Soon an opportunity arose at Ristorante Panorama in Philadelphia and that is where Brian began to build a name for himself.
Brian worked with the team at Panorama for several years where he learned the craft of multi-tasking in a high volume upscale restaurant without compromising quality. In 2001, Brian was the opening sous chef at Le Castagne Ristorante in Philadelphia. When the original chef left, Brian took the reins.
Since then Philadelphia Magazine has recognized the innovative Italian cuisine he creates. In 2006 the restaurant was awarded “Best Of Philly” Pasta and in 2009 Brian won Dish of the Year for his Timballo di agnello brasato - Timballo of slow-braised lamb with sautéed wild mushrooms, garlic crostini & poached egg, finished with a lamb glace. He also maintained the top 50 restaurants in Philadelphia for consecutive years. Brian focuses on preparing the most authentic and creative offerings with a refined flare. Brian’s creativity using chestnuts has aided in his recognition by Wine Spectator magazine in 2008 featuring a story on cooking with chestnuts. He now works at Spiga, also focusing on fresh, Italian fare.
As challenging as it can be to create upscale cuisine, Brian and his team still find time to give back to the community by participating in various charity events throughout the year. Additionally, the restaurant also is host to many Winemaker dinners and Gastronomic Society Events.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Historic Strawbridge Building
8th and Market Streets