Join us at Bratalian Cantina, because life is beautiful! Come enjoy the most amazing Italian food while feeling like you're in the heart of Naples!
Meet Our Chef:
Carla Pellegrino, once Carla Madeira, was born in Rio de Janeiro to a Portuguese father and a second-generation Italian mother. As early as age 10, Carla was cooking daily for her family and helping run her mother's catering business, which educated her in the preparation of traditional Brazilian, Italian and Portuguese cuisine. At age sixteen, Carla moved to Liguria, Italy, where she owned a small store where her passion for cooking inspired her to conduct cooking demonstrations daily. In 1997, travels brought her to the United States. She attended the French Culinary Institute in NYC and in 2000, graduated with honors. In May 2000, she and Frank Pellegrino jr opened and successfully established Baldoria Restaurant on 8th avenue and Broadway at the heart of NYC's theater district. At the end of 2006, a dream became a reality and Carla lead the culinary team as the executive chef to open Rao's Las Vegas. She took ten of the original recipes from the legendary East Harlem's Italian restaurant, added her own traditional North Italian cuisine and built a high volume menu concept keeping in mind quality of ingredients and consistency and at the same time translating the family style operated by Rao's family at its ten table restaurant since 1886.
Carla has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Morning Show, Fox News National, Throwdown with Bobby Flay (which she won), Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and multiple other national and local news outlets.