Italian-born chef Giacomo Marinello brings authentic Italian cooking to Chicago with an emphasis on combining simple ingredients to create incredible flavors.
Marinello received his training working up the ranks at one of the finest Michelin-starred restaurants in London–Locanda Locatelli. It was there Marinello sharpened his culinary skills under the mentorship of the owner and celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli. It wasn’t long before Marinello was assisting Locatelli with preparing menus for some of the most exclusive private dinners in London. Marinello’s work with Locatelli gained the attention of Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai where he was asked to assist with training the staff for their grand opening.
After moving to Chicago, Marinello began working as a private chef and menu consultant. While working in Chicago kitchens, he realized the quality of certain ingredients to be lacking, particularly the truffles. Marinello founded his own company, Marinello Tartufi, to import the world’s finest truffles and truffle products from the legendary Italian San Pietro a Pettine estate to America. By working directly with this three generations old supplier, Marinello is able to ensure that his customers are receiving the freshest quality products year round. Marinello Tartufi began bringing these truffles to the states for the first time in late summer 2014 and currently sells the truffle products in 19 Chicagoland Mariano’s markets.