Growing up in Brooklyn was an adventure. My Grandmother, Clementina, (known to those close to her as Mindy) started my love affair of cooking at age 11 by teaching me how to make her classic spaghetti pomodoro. A simple dish that is still one of my favorites today.
Sundays were my grandmothers “shopping days” and often us kids were sent to at least 5 different stores to get the best bread, meats, cheeses, poultry, pastries, pastas, cold cuts, etc. Honestly, we weren’t always thrilled to run these errands! Afterall, it was Sunday and we could be playing stickball or riding bikes instead of hiking all over Dyker Heights to buy groceries. What I came to understand years later as I began my journey in the culinary world is the importance of fresh, quality ingredients. Grandma B understood that and it’s the thinking that is the inspiration behind Mercato Cucina (That’s “Market Kitchen” in Italian).
As an executive chef for over 30 years in New York City, I was lucky enough to be able to meet with and sample some of the finest products from the best food purveyors around the world. I have selected some of my favorites to carry at Mercato Cucina. In addition to our variety of fresh house-made pastas and sauces, fresh mozzarella, salumeria offerings, custom coffee blends to take home and enjoy with your family and friends much like I did with my family as a child. I look forwarding to welcoming you to try some amazing food curated just for you.
Art Director, Art Enthusiast and Partner at digho
Born in Valley Stream, raised in Melville. Bachelor Degree in Digital Arts and Design at Long Island University, C.W. Post. Masters Degree in Gallery Administration and Art History at Pratt in Venice, Italy and Fashion Institute of Technology. Color Specialist Certification from Fashion Institute of Technology.
Met Diane and Aghogho in drawing class and started digho as freelance. Worked at Newsday and the New York Post in the production department. Later at Newsday, moved to the Creative service department as creative supervisor for the night shift. Left the gray walls of corporate America to work full time with Diane and build digho.
Run digho PAURA, an art club for those who wish to never stop making art. Based on the Austin art group The Session. Starting our fourteenth year in the spring of 2022.
Life is Music, Music is Life board member since 2017.
CoChair of the Membership committee, member of the Arts and Experiences committee at the Huntington Chamber of Commerce.
Married to my favorite artist for 17 years and have two children, Frida and Rome.