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Bella’s Restaurant, The Interview

Bella's Restaurant in Charlottesville, VACharlottesville’s newest and arguably “only real” Italian restaurant opens its doors in just a few weeks on March 23rd. I recently chatted at the construction site of what is soon to be Bella’s Restaurant with Chefi Austin Robbins, Valeria “Bella” Bisenti, and general manager Justin Heilbrun-Toft. Lucia Sallese, Bella’s mother, also joined us. She doesn’t speak English but gave us all a lesson in pronouncing a la parmigiana. “Mama” as she is affectionately known, is visiting from Rome to train Chef Austin.


Bella, what is the concept of your eponymous restaurant?

There is nothing like Bella’s Restaurant in the current culinary scene here in Charlottesville. For us, it was very important to have something that is really traditional, really authentic. We… Read More

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Interview with Chef Mark Gresge of l’etoile

Ever wondered about the faces behind the food? This is the first in a series of interviews with chefs and other Charlottesville food industry personalities by Curry, a new writer here at Mas to Millers.


GresgeChef Mark Gresge is owner of l’etoile restaurant. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and three children.

Would the following be an acceptable analogy for the S.A.T.? Alton Brown is to food science as Mark Gresge is to food history.

I’m a chef and a food historian. I love our culinary past, heritage and history, and I want to translate that into the restaurant. I love the technical aspect of cooking. I was an… Read More

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