Carlucci of Rosemont celebrating 20 years of Italian dining excellence
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We have an incredible team of people working together at Carlucci. They all strive to deliver a five star dining experience here, but many of our staff members have notable passions outside of work, too!

Here are their stories...

   
6111 NORTH RIVER ROAD | ROSEMONT IL 60018 | 847-518-0990
MON-THUR 11:30AM - 10PM | FRI 11:30AM - 9:30PM
SAT 5PM - 9:30PM | SUN 4:30PM - 8PM
   
Mark Robbins
Authentic Italian Roots


Graziano Berto, Owner
Graziano grew up on a farm with his parents and eight siblings in Northern Italy. Graziano has been in the hospitality industry ever since his first job at 14 years old. He started working in a pastry shop and bar. In the summers, he found himself as a server and busboy in a hotel resort in Abano, Italy. Throughout his teen years and early 20’s he also worked in Switzerland and Germany. He split his time throughout the years to work in all three European countries. At age 26, Graziano started working on an Italian cruise line as a server traveling around the Caribbean and meeting new people. By 1987, he left the boat and stayed in America. He started off working as a server at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago working his way up to assistant manager and then manager. After 5 years he decided to try something new and open his own deli ice cream shop downtown. Shortly after, he sold the shop and went back to work in the restaurant industry. That’s how he found his way to Carlucci Rosemont in 1996. He started as a waiter then worked his way up to manager and then finally as owner. He bought Carlucci’s because he saw an opportunity to improve the restaurant and keep the Carlucci legacy alive. Graziano started in the hospitality industry as a way to make a living but stayed in it because of his passion and love for it. He loves meeting new people and pleasing them through every aspect of the dining experience. Every day is different, which keeps it exciting. There is always something new. Graziano says Carlucci’s stands out from other restaurants because of its authenticity, outstanding service and impeccable attention to detail by all employees. His biggest strength is his never-give-up attitude. His advice for success is not be afraid to fail and always believe in your product.

Photos of Graziano through the years

Mark Robbins
A Carlucci Cornerstone


Carlucci is all about family and traditions. Meet Mark Robbins, our general manager who has become the cornerstone of the Carlucci family. Having grown up in local Glencoe, Mark spent his early years out of school traveling the world. He enjoyed adventures in Germany, France, Spain, Yugoslavia, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England, Holland and our favorite destination—Italy. He loved the European lifestyle including exploring the arts and enjoying culinary experiences so much that he moved to Southern France for a year and became an apprentice in Fayence, France to a potter. He also explored the culture and culinary excellence of Europe when he took off on a 3 month Eurail adventure.

Returning to the states to finish college, Mark began to discover a passion for the restaurant industry. This aspiration that would eventually evolve into a career began when he was employed by Don Roth Blackhawk Restaurants while working his way through Graduate School at the University of Chicago. After 14 years at Don Roth, Mark left to open RD Cluckers in Wheeling, IL. But eventually Mark’s world adventures and taste for culinary excellence led him to Carlucci Rosemont. In 1990 he became the opening manager for Carlucci Rosemont. Further responsibilities included helping to manage additional Carlucci restaurants such as Vinnies in Schaumburg, IL. From here Mark left Carlucci to open American Smokehouse in Lake Zurich located inside the Farmans Hotel. American Smokehouse was known for its outdoor dining and movable smoker designed for catering, family BBQs and pig roasts. Four years later, Mark found his way back to Carlucci Lincolnshire for a short time. But he had a taste for more. Mark was hired by Davis St. Fishmarket in Evanston where he was instrumental in renovating the building, improving business and strengthening The Clean Plate Club brand. He helped to open additional locations including Pete Miller’s and Davis Street in Schaumburg, IL.

But his heart belonged to Carlucci. Mark returned to the Carucci family to rejoin Graziano Berto and Executive Chef Leo Giron in 2006. Mark has since become an integral part of the Carlucci Rosemont family. His worldly experience, expertise in the hospitality industry and long lasting loyalty to Carlucci has made him a cornerstone in our family.




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Race to Mackinac

Meet Eric our Bar Manager. While mixology is his role at Carlucci, he also has a passion for sailing. This past July Eric participated in the 107th Race to Mackinac. The Race is 333 statute miles (289.4 nautical miles) from Chicago, starting just off Navy Pier, to Mackinac Island, Michigan. It is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. The boats cross the finish line between the lighthouse on Round Island and the race committee trailer on Mackinac Island. It’s an amazing race and quite the adventure. Here are a few pictures from Eric’s voyage including the Carlucci dinner that he enjoyed somewhere between here and there. Eric and his crew proudly finished 9th out of 19 in their section and 14th out of 39 in their division. Congratulations Eric and his team! We couldn’t be happier for you.

     Photos of Eric's Journey

Videos of Eric’s Journey:
     Leaving Chicago’s Navy Pier
     Somewhere in the middle

For more info on the Race to Mackinac, click here
  Dorothy
African Queen, Hostess Goddess

Meet Dorothy, rich in spirit, she is the glue that keeps the Carlucci family together. Born in Washington, DC, Dorothy and her family moved to the Chicago area when she was three years old. At the young age of six, Dorothy and her brother moved to Ghana, West Africa where she would grow up in the culture of her ancestors. At age 16 and after learning three languages in Ghana, Dorothy came back to Chicago where she adjusted to the new culture and weather in the windy city. Even though she has since lost two of the three languages she learned to speak growing up in Ghana, her spirit is deeply enriched by the experience. She is grateful to have been blessed with a knowledge of both worlds.

In December, 2008 Dorothy joined the Carlucci family as a hostess and office manager. Taking reservations, welcoming and seating guests, and ensuring each and every one who walks through our doors enjoys the Carlucci experience, it is evident that Dorothy loves the people she meets each day. Dorothy says "We have so many great people that come through our doors, it’s amazing all the customers we serve and if given a chance they all have something special to share or an experience/story to tell or a lesson to teach."

Dorothy is truly genuine and always takes time to get to know the guests who dine with Carlucci. Besides her love for the Carlucci customers she favors the Ossobuco and the Orecchiette and Contadina pizza with roasted chicken with arugula. As Dorothy says "It’s to die for and she could eat it every night."

Dorothy’s amazing gift of caring for others and hard work ethic stems from her upbringing and faith. When talking about her parents she says "My parents inspire us to go far above whatever is expected, instilled in us to work hard and if there are no expectations – create one." Dorothy says she has learned that inspiration comes in many forms like when you meet a person that is fighting for their health and still manages to smile at others thus causing you to "check your life;" when people tell of their life struggles and how they have overcome, you are inspired to be grateful for what you have; when you meet someone who has achieved something great in their life because of tragedy it can touch your heart to help or do for others; and lastly, when a person wrongs you and you are able to forgive them without retaliation, that exemplifies maturity on your part and you can inspire the other person to change their ways for the better. Dorothy states "I’m a woman of faith, I love Jesus Christ, his word and his promises. I love to praise and worship. I believe in prayer – it brings me hope, peace and joy." Dorothy values the bible because she believes there is an answer to each problem we face in life in the verses found there. Two of her favorite bible verses are: Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers you out of ALL of them" and "Look, I am the LORD, the God who rules over all flesh. Is anything too difficult for me?" And have two precious daughters the Lord has blessed me with.

Dorothy is the mother to two wonderful teenage daughters. Having spent the majority of her life here in the Chicago area, if given the opportunity, Dorothy would love to travel all over Africa; to see Africa in its’ entirety; to experience the diversity and richness in all of Africa and the different cultures where there are well over 2000 languages spoken – it would be an amazing adventure.

The next time you visit Carlucci, please ask for Dorothy. We promise she’ll take good care of you.

Meet Eric our Bar Manager. While mixology is his role at Carlucci, he also has a passion for sailing. This past July Eric participated in the 107th Race to Mackinac. The Race is 333 statute miles (289.4 nautical miles) from Chicago, starting just off Navy Pier, to Mackinac Island, Michigan. It is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. The boats cross the finish line between the lighthouse on Round Island and the race committee trailer on Mackinac Island. It’s an amazing race and quite the adventure. Here are a few pictures from Eric’s voyage including the Carlucci dinner that he enjoyed somewhere between here and there. Eric and his crew proudly finished 9th out of 19 in their section and 14th out of 39 in their division. Congratulations Eric and his team! We couldn’t be happier for you.

     Photos of Dorothy




Murat Acer
Beyond Italian Roots

Our roots go deeper than Tuscan Italian here at Carlucci. Meet Murat Acer, born and raised in Turkey, Murat is inspired by his mom who taught him love and respect. He says she showed him the world. In 2008 Murat joined the Carlucci team as a Manager. He enjoys the challenge of the Hospitality industry from day-to-day business and managing the staff to meeting and greeting those who dine at Carlucci. He likes the responsibility of ensuring each and every customer who chooses Carlucci enjoys the experience. When asked what his favorite Carlucci dish is, Murat said “Frutti di Mare” and if he could travel anywhere in the world he would love to see the Dominican Republic where life is simple. If Murat could share his words of wisdom with the world it would be to enjoy life…it’s too short...love…peace.




 


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Sweet on Sweets!

Meet Angela Forte, Carlucci’s controller, and another talented member of the Carlucci family. Angela has a big job at Carlucci but on the side she has a sweet spot for sweets. Angela has always enjoyed baking pastries, cakes, cookies and candies. Having years of practice creating original and unique sweet treats, Angela says it brings out her creative side. Recently we asked Angela to prepare a sweets table for a couple’s shower being hosted here at Carlucci. We were so thrilled (and so were the bride and groom) with Angela’s ideas and her expertise we wanted to share her passion with you. Take a look and you’ll be amazed at what she came up with.

     Photos of Angela's Sweets


 

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