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Executive Chef Geno Bernardo

Nove Italiano


TravelsinTaste.com recently had the distinct pleasure of chatting with Executive Chef Geno Bernardo of Nove Italiano at the Palms. We discussed with him his career, the meal he prepared for us and a variety of other fun topics -- including his famous celebrity door!

First, however, we wondered how Chef Bernardo arrived at Nove, which he describes as N9NE's sister restaurant. "I was living in San Diego and I was cooking at a sushi restaurant," Chef Bernardo began. "I had an opportunity to meet with George Maloof, Michael Morton, Scott deGraph and Michael Kornick and discuss what they were going to be doing at the Palms. Before the Palms they opened up in Palm Springs in the Morongo Casino. They opened this concept restaurant called Belly Italian. After Belly Italian opened, I opened Nove Italiano two years ago -- what N9NE is to steak, we are to Italian food -- and it's been glory in the sky ever since."


Adding even more glory to Chef Bernardo's sky, he told us, was a recent trip to Europe. "I just got back from Italy," he said. "I had 12 days in Florence, Rome, Sienna and Tuscany. It was my first time there and it was amazing! I filled the gap in my culinary experience. I grew up on the East Coast -- in New York and New Jersey -- and really seeing for the first time how a lot of Italian cooking should be done was incredible. I'm not saying that my grandparents didn't cook traditional Italian foods; of course they did. But seeing the roots and the tradition and everything behind it, and walking around the streets and gathering the information, was inspirational."

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