Chef Bruno Quercini
Chef Bruno Quercini
Born in Bianzone, Valtellina, Italy, north of Lake Como, Chef Bruno Quercini received his best culinary training at home from his mother — learning all her cooking secrets and family recipes by age 13. When his mother passed away shortly thereafter, Bruno became the chef of the house and was responsible for planning and preparing all of the family meals. In 1969 Bruno moved to Miami, Florida where, until 1978, he worked at Marcella's Restaurant and Catering Company, the largest in Florida. Bruno moved to Marin County in 1980 where he was head chef at Giramonti's for 10 years. In December of 1991, Bruno became executive chef of Pane e Vino Trattoria in San Francisco, which has consistently ranked as one of the top Italian restaurants in the Bay Area for more than 16 years.
The American Tasting Institute honored Chef Bruno by awarding him with the "Chef of the Year" for 2000. In 1998, Chef Bruno and Pietro Bernardi, Pane e Vino's original founder, opened Via Vai which became the new home for Pane e Vino in December 2003. Chef Bruno has been recognized as one of the top Bay Area chefs by Zagat's, San Francisco Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, to name a few.
Chef Bruno makes his own sausage and cures his own meat using centuries old traditions and methods from the Italian countryside. In addition, Bruno prepares special traditional holiday menus to ensure the guest the most authentic Italian dining experience possible.
Zagat's Top Restaurants of the Bay Area - 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle Annual Bay Area Top 100 Restaurants 1993 thru 2002
Zagat's Top 40 Restaurants of the Bay Area - 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
American Tasting Institute - Chef of the Year - 2000
San Francisco Focus Magazine's Best Places to Eat in the Bay Area - Italian Category - 1996: Silver; 1997: Gold; 1998: Silver
Nob Hill Gazette - 1997 - Top 15 Chefs of the Bay Area - Reader's Poll
KQED - Great Chefs of the Bay Series - 1985 Sous Chef
Pan American Exposition & World's Fair - Top Chefs of Florida Medal of Honor - 1974