He was smitten with the flavors of her Zimbabwean cooking. She was intrigued by his rural North Carolina upbringing. Together, they created a life in Durham — and a namesake restaurant that was the first of its kind in the entire country.
Growing up, an Italian American chef learned the importance of cooking with patience, laughter, and love. His trattoria in Durham, built on those same principles, is a tribute to the mothers — and mother figures — who taught him.