Guarino's Restaurant - 216-231-3100

Guarino's Restaurant - Est. 1918

Guarino's Restaurant - Est. 1918

Monday, February 18, 2008

Meet the Chefs

Over the past 90 years, Guarino's kitchen has been led by many faces. It began in 1918 with Vincenzo and Mama Guarino, who ran the kitchen independantly into the 1950s. Luigi Guererra had a long tenure from the 1950s through the 1980s and adding wonderful flavor to the menu. Working with Luigi was Della Marinucci who trained Kim Battle, then a "salad girl" who became head cook until 2002. Our wonderful history has been thoroughly enriched by our two most recent head cooks in the kitchen: Mira Ceco and Flutra Mani.

Mira and Flutra are both European natives who have become American citizens in the past decade and settled in as an integral part of our Guarino's family. Mira began working as a prep cook in 2001, while Flutra began assisting Mira in 2002. With Mira coming from a family restaurant in Europe, she brought some new flavors with her to Guarino's and livened up our classical fare such as our Veal Scallopini pictured above.

Both Mira (pictured at above left) and Flutra (right) have brought several family members to work at Guarino's. Mira's husband, Jimmy, and her son Garry, have assisted in the kitchen for two years. Just a few years ago, RJ, son of Flutra, was one of Guarino's most popular servers (known for his charisma and good looks.) RJ is now in college studying film production. Both Mira and Flutra look forward to cooking for you when you come to Guarino's.