Uchiba’s November installment Uncommon Ramen, the monthly series featuring innovative collaborations with Uchibā’s Chef de Cuisine Alex Astranti and renowned chefs from around the country. Since launching in 2017, the Uncommon Ramen series has featured such celebrated chefs as Tommy Lee, Chris Shepherd, Aaron Franklin, Stephen Pyles, Misti Norris, Alex Seidel, and Hai’s own Tyson Cole, among many others.
The spectacular dinner is Monday, November 25th, 5 – 10 pm with limited reservations accepted.
Michael Pirolo Born in Queens, New York, but raised in Avellino, Italy, Chef Michael Pirolo (40) comes from a fiercely passionate food family. So much, in fact, that at the age of 21 he enrolled in culinary school in Torino, Italy; a formal education that led to apprenticeships at Michelin-starred establishments such as La Voglia Matta in Bologna and Café Groppi in Piemonte. After finishing his degree, he relocated to New York and changed tracks, immersing himself in French cuisine before relocating to Philadelphia to take the role of sous chef at Alfred Portale’s Striped Bass where he met his now-life and business partner Jen Chaefsky.
During Pirolo’s time at Gilt, the restaurant earned two Michelin stars. Following his love of Italian cuisine and striking up a professional bond with celeb chef/restauranteur Scott Conant, Pirolo joined Conant’s Scarpetta restaurant in New York, then relocated to Miami to take the helm as chef de cuisine of Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. A rare four-star review from The Miami Herald food critic Victoria Pesce Elliot helped elevate his profile and set the stage for Pirolo to move out on his own.
Pirolo’s first restaurant venture, The Saint Austere in Brooklyn continues to make a lasting impression in the highly-competitive New York restaurant-scape.
Shortly after, Pirolo went on to open Macchialina with partner, Jen Chaefsky and sister Jacqueline Pirolo, on Miami Beach’s Alton Road in 2012. The restaurant opened to much acclaim, earning the duo accolades including being ranked among the top “South Florida Food 50” by The Miami Herald (February 2015). In 2016, Pirolo was named a James Beard Award semi-finalist (Best Chef: South) and in 2018 Macchialina was selected as the best Italian restaurant in Florida by The Daily Meal.