This is Chef Giovanni Rocchio, owner of Valentino, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His father, Tony, opened the original Valentino in a near-by South Florida suburb in 1974 and it was clearly evident young Giovanni was interested in food service. He learned basic culinary skills and the dexterity necessary to work efficiently. He understood the importance of using fresh, high quality ingredients, providing consistent recipes and fine service with respectful hospitality, all vital elements of a luxurious restaurant operation. Giovanni took pride in challenging himself, increasing his knowledge to reach higher levels of cooking. He traveled, worked and trained at some of the finest restaurants in New York and Italy.
In 2006, Giovanni returned to Florida to open a new Valentino restaurant near downtown Fort Lauderdale. The restaurant became a steady success, though in a nondescript location, it was the best kept secret of local foodies. Six years later, longing for more space including a full service bar, Chef Giovanni with companion, Elke Quintana, and his able team built the ALL NEW Valentino that today delivers a culinary essential to South Florida dining.