Off Menu with Giancarlo Scalzotto & Jonathan Rodriguez | Delicacies

Giancarlo Scalzotto

Jonathan Rodriguez

Say ciao (hello there) to the operator, menu curator, and occasional co chef of the Scalzotto Italian Cafe in Broomfield. Giancarlo is a initially generation Italian household person hailing from Northern Italy. Contrary to most culinary fans, Giancarlo didn’t come across his like for foods ideal absent. He didn’t increase up cooking in the kitchen area, he didn’t attend culinary school he observed his enjoy for meals as a result of possibility.

He smiles as he appears to be like back again at his culinary origin: “It was about the chance of the industry actually. Originally in Italy there wasn’t actually any Mexican food. There had been no ideas like that. I took the prospect to bridge the hole, to do something distinctive. That is just what I did when I arrived in this article.”

Several years later on Giancarlo and his household built the trek to the coronary heart of Colorado. “I like to do Italian food stuff as reliable as probable. It is really hard to discover good reliable Italian cooking since people today place a great deal of more ingredients in it… Italian meals is easy but you will need to use substances that are of excellent excellent.”

Scalzotto’s latest head chef is Jonathan Rodrigeuz. Rodriguez didn’t improve up cooking with mom in the kitchen. In actuality, Jonathan did not obtain his adore for foodstuff right up until adulthood but as he moved up the ranks his fascination with food items rose alongside with it. The younger Colombian chef has traveled all around the United States honing his culinary skill.

“Originally I am from Bogota, Colombia. I was thirteen or fourteen when I came to the United States. I grew up in Florida, at very first we ended up in Miami but then we moved to Vero Seaside.” Rodriguez grew up ingesting Colombian food stuff, but not cooking it. “Honestly expanding up, my mom was the prepare dinner predominantly. Her design of meals was various. She cooked with what she realized and the elements she experienced in the home. As soon as I acquired to cook I really finished up educating my mother how to cook.” Above time his mom would arrive to him inquiring for assistance. The pleasure was on his deal with as he recalled being capable to share that with his mom.

It was there in Vero Beach that Rodriguez identified his enthusiasm for skilled culinary arts. “My to start with cooking career was at a kind of place club referred to as John’s Island. I begun off doing work on salads at the salad station. I started working my way up. I begun doing pizzas and appetizers on the line, I started doing the job with proteins and these types of.”

Jonathan labored in John’s Island for eleven decades, for the duration of his time there he figured out about numerous world wide cuisines. “John’s Island fundamentally protected a ton of my education. I acquired the probability to work with Italian food, French cuisine, American cuisine, Spanish, it was a little blend of everything.”

John’s Island introduced his adoration of foodstuff to the fore. “Back at John’s Island I started to adore going to work since every single new recipe or fashion I would understand would excite me. It was enjoyable! I recall just about everyday ahead of I went to get the job done I had little butterflies because there was usually some thing new and unexpected.”

But Florida could not maintain him. “After Florida I moved to Maine. I labored at a further golf club up there. Then I moved to Portland, Maine, and started to function at an Italian cafe termed Tipo.” Tipo provided him a likelihood to do the job with more refined palates and detailed flavors. Following Maine Jonathan established the training course for the mile substantial state.

“I have been listed here in Colorado for a tiny above a yr now. I was using my time to locate a job, I truly needed to discover something that I was comfy with and not just for a task. I achieved Giancarlo here in Broomfield and we received alongside effectively. So I commenced performing with Giancarlo right here at Scalzotto and I enjoy it.”

Jonathan has even shared his expertise with his family. “I received to cook for my dad and mom and they were very amazed. I sometimes get picked on by my brother mainly because he understands that I know what I am executing. He constantly goes, oh right here will come the chef! But each time he cooks he’s normally asking for my feeling and I’m the youngest.” He smirked.

When requested his plans for the potential, he paused and claimed, “I surely adore performing with Giancarlo we have our ups and downs but I imagine we have a seriously good relationship. Italian foodstuff is my preferred cuisine to cook dinner. Italian foods, there is a lot of taste in it but it is also basic. It is the food items I see myself cooking for a very long time.”