Chef Mike specializes in mostly Italian and also Cuban cuisine. After going through intense training in Boston, Massachusetts he is proud to say that he’s been in the food industry as a chef for 20 years now! In addition to his work at Calandra’s Il Vecchio Cafe, he also worked for Paparazzi. Despite the enjoyment he has for cooking (and eating) Italian food daily, his guilty pleasure is pork with rice and plantains.
Chef Alvaro’s specialty for cooking Italian mediterranean cuisine lies solely on his attention to detail. His fish and pasta dishes are particularly exquisite! Chef Alvaro, head chef at Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill, was carefully and specially training under one of our original Calandra chefs, and has been with the company for over 10 years. When asked his favorite dish, Chef gave us a classic answer: a good steak complemented with a fresh salad.
Executive Chef Costantino proudly brings his passion and love for food to Cucina Calandra. His extensive knowledge and his authentic, creative approach allow him to create unique specials, as well as upholding our traditional Italian favorites. A native of Salerno, Italy, he earned several Culinary Degrees during his time training in Europe. Chef has become a true scholar of all food, and is a master of his craft. Chef Costantino continues to strive for excellence, and believes that with each dish he prepares, he is representing his belief; that food is an art, made with love and passion.
The Calandra Family is pleased to announce Chef Francesco Palmieri, the newest addition to Team Calandra, joining our talented staff at il Vecchio Cafe! Prior to joining the award-winning team, Chef Francesco spent eight years working at top New York City restaurants before opening his own restaurant in November 2008, The Orange Squirrel, in his hometown of Bloomfield, New Jersey. We’re excited to have him on board!