Chef Joe Cicala
Chef Joe Cicala began his culinary career in Chef Pietro Rispoli’s Michelin-star restaurant Al Cenacolo, in Salerno, Italy.
After two years with Chef Rispoli, Joe returned to America and worked with James Beard Award-winning Chef Roberto Donna at Galileo, specializing in the cuisine of northern Italy. Joe later went on to become Sous Chef at Georgetown’s esteemed Cafe Milano, and made the move to New York where he worked at the Michelin-Star Del Posto under another James Beard winner, Executive Chef Mark Ladner.
Joe is a 4-time James Beard Semifinalist and one time Finalist, Star Chef award winner for charcuterie, and named as a chef for the State Department in Washington DC. He has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” issues, Food & Wine, The Washington Post, Zagat, and many print and online publications.
Pastry Chef/Owner Cicala Restaurant, Antico Italian Travel
Pastry Chef Angela Cicala has cooked in some Philadelphia's most acclaimed restaurants such as Le Virtu, Vernick Food and Drink and The Waterworks, and has worked with one of Cape May’s premier French pastry chefs, Chef Michel Gras. Growing up in New Jersey, as a young girl, she learned to make traditional Italian pastries with her mother and grandmother, which they sold at markets and fairs. Of Abruzzese descent, Angela has spent extensive time not only in Abruzzo, but working and traveling throughout Italy, researching food and culture over the past 25 years. Her passion for preserving the history, folklore, and family traditions of the Italian people are reflected in her dishes.
Her work has been celebrated in numerous print and internet publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine “Best Desserts 2014”, Zagat, Eater Philly, The Washington Post, and National Culinary Magazine. She has a love of teaching and sharing her knowledge of pastry and all things Italian, and hosts a variety of hands on culinary experiences in Philadelphia throughout the year. She lives in South Philadelphia with her husband, Joe Cicala, their son Augustino, and little dog Enzo.
Joe and Angela Cicala are husband and wife chefs who have split their time living and working in Italy and America over the past 25 years. They return often to some of the most remote towns for culinary research in order to share their passion and knowledge with guests.
You can visit their new upscale Italian restaurant, Cicala, located inside of the historic Divine Lorraine Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.