Issue #13a

Pasquale Cozzolino

Il Brigante Buono

Born and raised in Naples Italy, he’s 36 years old. Pasquale Cozzolino has always had a passion for cooking. He started at the age of 15. This early experience fueled his passion which emerged as an early exploration of the restaurant business. He has always been fascinated by the art of cooking. Pasquale discovered his true vocation. He joined the famous culinary college “I Cavalcanti” in Naples where he became an apprentice to some of the best chefs in Italy. He moved to New York three years ago to start his own business to great acclaim.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

I’m a chef, I love this job when I can I gather with friends, in front of a glass of wine and a good portion of food to talk late into the night.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

A person who lives in New York contacted me because he planned to open a Neapolitan restaurant. I was immediately attracted by the chance to confront another food philosophy and try to bring some of my personality to the tables of Americans.

Please share your best memory in the City.

The best memory I have of my experience in New York was when after I married my girlfriend we discovered that shortly she was pregnant.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

The choice of this location and the outfit was inspired by the desire to combine my Italian origins with the urban environment of New York. The outfit, elegant and refined, reflects classic Italian refinement. The background, characterized by a back door of a late 19th century New York building in the area of ​​the rope elevators, evokes historic New York architecture. This fusion of visual elements creates a bridge between the two cultures that have influenced and continue to profoundly influence my life, representing a perfect balance between tradition and modernity.

Your thoughts about this project, ITALIANY.US

A wonderful initiative that allows anyone who is not Italian to know a little more of our culture and, why not, our faces.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

Of course it’s always an honor to be the ambassador and also a big responsibility because it means showing the beauty of ancient mediterranean culture. It is not simple, especially because living in another continent sometimes runs the risk of aligning yourself to the culture of the host country. We will do everything to be recognizable and a benchmark to aspire to.

  • Manhattan, NY


  • Time

    120 mins

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