When Miguel was a boy, he had two dreams: one was to live in the United States, a country that he adopted as his own, and the other was to become a Master Chef.
Cooking for Miguel brings back very special memories. When Miguel was a child, Miguel and his father, Mr. Angelo, spent a lot of long fun vacations at a very dear friend’s summer home. The house was a special bonding refuge for Miguel and his father. At summer home they gathered together with family and friends to eat fabulous meals and have fun. Miguel love for cooking started at a very early age.
Mr. Angelo, better known as Anrrelijo, was the master check of the group. Miguel was always gathered around his father and helped him prepare the delicious meals that everyone enjoyed. Mr. Angelo talent came from his family that immigrated to Brazil from Benevento, Italy.
Miguel and Gizeli D'Onofrio married in 1987. After Miguel and Gizeli got married, they decided to move to America, the land that they chose to live together and the place they chose to raise their kids and nurture their family.
Miguel began his career at the famous 5 stars restaurant, La Strada, in Greenwich CT, which was owned by Mr. Mormando. At La Strada, Miguel made many friends that would last a lifetime. Miguel worked at the time for the famous Italian Chef Joseppe (Joseph) Capobianco. It was chef Joseph that taught Miguel all the kitchen secrets, and the most important one was to so create every dish with love and is the only ingredient that Miguel never misses in his dishes.
After La Strada closed, Mr. Mormando offered Miguel to move to Chicago to work for him in his second restaurant La Strada. After a few months working there Miguel decided that that was not the right fit for him and his family.
It was at that point, that Miguel new journey started. Miguel went through many ups and downs, but, with one thing in mind, his family and his culinary talent.
Today, Rustico Trattoria is the realization of his and his family’s dream. Rustico is the place where we invite you and your family to come in and feel at home. Today, Rustico is a place where family, companionship, friendship and respect will always speak first. Today, Rustico is the realization of Miguel’s dream and we can't wait to share it with you. And don't forget “Everything is possible when you believe.”