Age: 29. Claim to fame: Owner of Marinello Tartufi, LLC. Lives in: Streeterville and Padua, Italy. Road to success: I worked in London for nine years under Chef Giorgio Locatelli, and then I met [my wife] Amanda, so I decided to move to Chicago with her. I had this great contact in Italy, the owner of San Pietro a Pettine, a third-generation truffle business. Four months ago, I decided to open a sister company here. Product line: I want to be the person you think of when you think of truffles. We have truffle oil, butter, salt, honey, olive oil [and more] — [all] directly from Umbria, Italy. We’re going to have a hazelnut cream very soon — it’s like Nutella with truffles. Striking gold: A pound of white truffles is [approximately] $1,500. When you spend that kind of money, you want to feel comfortable. If something is wrong [at one of the more than 30 restaurants we supply to], I’ll be there in 20 minutes. Class act: I conduct seminars. I want people to understand it’s not impossible to make a dish with truffles. I don’t like when people take notes because they need to experience the cooking, so we use this app called Cookbooth; guests can go under my profile and check the recipe [later]. DIY: Cook pasta or risotto and [add] a little bit of our truffle sauce. You can even put a little bit of truffle butter in scrambled eggs — they work great together. Favorite Italian spots: Pelago [Ristorante], Nando Milano Trattoria, Merlo on Maple, Osteria Langhe and Coco Pazzo.
Shop San Pietro a Pettine products at Mariano’s locations citywide, and visit Cookbooth.com to see some of Marinello’s truffle recipes.
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