Mark Cupolo, chef-owner of Osteria Rocco, sits down with various chefs, owners, and others in the Rochester NY hospitality industry, to find out what led them to their current position, what drives them, and what they have in store for the future.

Recent Episodes

Episode 9: Mike Calabrese

Feb 22, 2020

Mike Calabrese, owner of Javas, co-owner of Good Luck, Jackrabbit Club, and Lucky's, sits down with Mark to discuss his childhood table, the history of Javas, Good Luck, and his various connections to the Rochester hospitality scene.

https://www.javascafe.com

https://restaurantgoodluck.com

https://www.luckys628.com

Episode 8: Dan Martello and Brent Bailey

Feb 19, 2020

Dan Martello, owner and chef, and Brent Bailey, sous chef, both of Good Luck, sit down with Mark to discuss their childhood tables, education, various positions in the food service industry in Rochester NY and beyond, and their current work at Good Luck.
https://restaurantgoodluck.com

Episode 7: Gino Ruggiero

Dec 12, 2019

Gino Ruggiero, chef at Fiorella, sits down with Mark to discuss his childhood table, various positions in the food service industry in Rochester NY, and his current venture with his wife Allison.
http://www.restaurantfiorella.com

Episode 6: Tim Caschette

Nov 13, 2019

Tim Caschette, chef at Avvino, sits down with Mark to discuss his childhood table, his time in Italy, and his path to Avvino. [photo from Avvino website]

https://www.avvinorochester.com

Episode 5: Paulina Swan

Nov 13, 2019

Paulina Swan, chef and co-owner of Swan Dive, sits down with Mark to discuss her childhood table, growing up in a restaurant family, and her time living in LA.

https://www.swandiveroc.com

Behind The Mics

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Mark Cupolo

host

Mark is the brains behind Osteria Rocco which opened in 2008. He is a gradu...

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Russ Torregiano

co-host, engineer

Russ has worked Expo at Rocco since 2011. He also owns Needle Drop Records ...

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Joe Tunis

engineer

Joe is a software engineer, musician, label owner, and dad. He has been pro...

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