Bruno Abate


Born in Naples and raised in Milan, Executive chef Bruno Abate is the personality behind Tocco. His passion for food started at a young age while watching his mother and continued to grow as he pursued a career in the food business becoming a supplier of fish and caviar to the best restaurants in Milan. He brought his passion to Chicago in 2002, when he opened his first restaurant, Follia, in the West Loop. The concept was simple, make authentic Italian cuisine with the finest ingredients and give diners an experience like they were in Italy and Tocco continues that philosophy today. Another way Bruno is sharing his passion for food is by teaching inmates at the Cook County Jail. He has implemented a culinary training program called Recipe for Change that is the first of its kind in America. Recipe for Change provides culinary education, job skills training and mentoring to instill the value of work and personal responsibility to inmates so they can become productive members of society after their release. To find out more or make a donation, please visit the website at