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I pride myself on providing a unique dining experience. We don’t just cook here, we create and build relationships
Chef Gaetano's extensive knowledge of Sicilian cuisine comes from his tight-knit Sicilian neighborhood in New Jersey, where his family’s home was often the gathering place for friends and relatives to bond over the elaborate meals prepared by Cannata’s father.
After moving to Florida, Cannata honed his culinary skills in local restaurants while furthering his career as an educator. He was eager to fufill the dream of sharing his unique cuisine with others.
In 2007 he did so in his own way by converting a charming cottage in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts into “Ortygia”. Here, Chef Gaetano serves up “Monzu” cuisine, a hybrid of Sicilian-French cooking that datesback to Napoleon’s time.
Chef Gaetano embraces the diverse culinary influences found in Sicilian cuisine, including Arab, Greek, Spanish and North-African.
For me, cooking is...
to come out of the kitchen and check on every table when possible, and at times when the night is through, I may spend hours talking to clients
I learned to cook at...
. My father was a Sicilian-born chef and my mother learned all her fantastic cooking techniques from him and from her mother who was from the Abruzzi
A role model in the kitchen is...
I would have to say that my passion for food started at home.
A cooking secret...
You need to have passion and love for what you do. If you don’t believe in what you do, neither will anyone else
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Bradenton.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Bradenton. You name it!
A longer stay in Bradenton? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Bradenton.
Gaetano's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Book your experience with Chef Gaetano
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.