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.