Leonardo Curti, Founder and Chef
Leonardo Curti grew up in the Calabria region in the coastal village of Cariati Marina - at the southern tip of Italy. In 1987, he moved to Siena, Tuscany, working with the Luppoli family in the Malborghetto Restaurant, which was a local "hang-out" for those in the Tuscan Region. This provided the roots of his experience for service and quality of the Tuscan cuisine.
In 1992 he made a bold move to the United States, establishing the restaurant "Pane Caldo" at Beverly Blvd. and Robertson in Beverly Hills, California. He was also a chef at the Cicada restaurant in Los Angeles.
In 1997, Leonardo partnered with Daniele Serra, an associate from the restaurant in Beverly Hills, to form Trattoria Grappolo in 1997.