"Meet the Italian Chef of one of Illinois top 10 best Italian Restaurants"

Welcome to Our Kitchen - Our Chefs Cook All Dishes Fresh for You

A New York native, Heraldo got his start bussing tables at Columbus Trattoria in Stanford CT at the age of 15 where he found his passion for food and cooking, eventually working his way up.  Later, he worked at Luce in Charlotte, NC where his focus was on creating modern northern Italian cuisine and also at two family-owned restaurants in the Chicagoland area, which gives him a unique perspective that is expressed in his culinary style.

He is passionate about creating new culinary dishes that "make people smile when you see them and taste them".  His method is straightforward.  His innovative techniques allow him to enhance the flavors of each dish naturally, keeping ingredients fresh and simple.

Heraldo describes his leadership in the kitchen as "demanding, but respectful".  He feels a successful kitchen is "all about attitude, all about teamwork."  One of his many strengths is continuously looking for ways to improve and he expects the same from his team.  He plans in creating seasonal menus and an array of specials with bold flavors.

For now he is focused on embracing the role of Executive Chef and is looking forward to transforming the culinary experience at Enzo & Lucia.  What makes Heraldo happy? Putting his creativity and passion into a dish.  "I feel like it translates to my customers and their experience, and keeps them coming back for more".  Which translates to a full dining room with smiling customers.

Timeless gourmet recipes served fresh everyday.  Enjoy famous Italian dishes like homemade pasta, risotto, fresh fish served whole and veal chops are among the hearty selections. Potato gnocchi is one of our most popular Italian dishes. Homemade desserts include cannoli and tiramisu.

The candlelit main dining room in our Italian Restaurant, located upstairs, is done in warm tones, lit softly by whimsical chandeliers.  French windows and well-spaced tables make for an intimate atmosphere. The view of a fountain and flower garden spells romance. A kitchen table provides a glimpse behind the scenes.

"If we can prepare something special for you, please tell us. If you like our food, please tell your friends. "

The Cardelli Family