Baristanet Profile: Pat Turano

NamePat Turano

Where do you live? Nutley, NJ

When did you move there? I moved to NJ in 1970 from Calabria Italy with my 5 siblings and my parents.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Italy until I was 8 years old and moved to Belleville, NJ.

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion?

Cooking is my passion and the way I make my living. I am the original owner of Casa Turano in Bloomfield that opened in 1984, the original owner of Palazzo that opened in 1996 and Trattoria Rustica Montclair in 2002. I am also a partner at the newly opened Pizzanada in Bloomfield, NJ. My children started jarring my tomato sauce and turned it into a family business under the name My Dad’s Sauce.

Coffee, tea or … ? Espresso all day.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? Cooking for friends on a summer night with a great view.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? My favorite local restaurants are Faubourg and Pizzanda.

What’s on your nightstand? A family photo, a notebook, an alarm clock.

What are you listening to? Mumford and Sons and country music.

What are your current indulgences? Fine wine and cheese.

What talent you would most like to have? I wish I could play the piano and hope to teach myself how to play one day.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about your town? If it’s a secret, I can’t tell.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? That I was a great chef and an even better entertainer.


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