• I am Cucina Vanina’s founder and executive chef.
  • I love preparing delicious Italian meals, please my guests with healthy authentic dishes, and have done it for years!
  • Yes, I am Italian, and grew up in an environment where good food was a tradition, and also an art.
  • I lived in a southern Italian region, where my family owns olive groves and produces its own olive oil, prepares their own salami and smoked ham.
  • My grandfather and grandmother were great cooks, and I often assisted them when they prepared their famous dishes with “secret” ingredients. They transmitted this family secret and tradition to me, and I love perpetuating it!
  • I moved to the United States with my husband several years ago. The distance and nostalgia of my country fed my passion for the authentic cuisine of my country, and more precisely of the regions of Campania and Lazio (regions of Naples and Rome). The birth of my daughters and my desire to raise them with this healthy and tasty cuisine tradition, and the death of my grandfather, all enhanced my enthusiasm. I revived old traditional receipts, refined modern Italian meals, and created new ones.
  • As a result, my passion for the authentic Italian cuisine, for ingredients of good quality, and the pleasure to perpetuate this healthy tradition will bring you unique moments.
  • I started with a personal chef service business, and after almost all my customers asked where my restaurant was and complaining that I didn’t have one, I decided to open one: Cucina Vanina Ristorante!
  • The restaurant was a fantastic experience for almost four years, encountering great customers and experimenting with variations of southern Italian cuisine. After these years, I missed a more personal experience with customers and decided to close the restaurant, focusing again on personal chef services, cooking classes, and developing culinary trips in Italy.