Both born in Argentina -where there is pasta at grandma’s every Sunday, where the bolognese is almost as prevalent as carne asada, where Italian neighbors tell stories to the point where you feel like you have lived in Italy-chef Andres Rodas and partner Andres Whang teamed up to bring great, simple food every day to a cozy and comfortable dining space. They met in New York in an empanada store chef Rodas used to run and Whang felt in love with the unique flavors, the quality and freshness of the ingredients. This was the beginning of a new friendship, a flourishing partnership and of Piccoli, their first business.
A couple of years after opening Piccoli, they found the perfect place to open Belli. They refurbished it themselves, trying to make it as comfortable and warm as grandma’s place. With 20 + years in the restaurant bussiness, working at Cipriani, Bice, Chef Andres has not only learned to give excellent service, but has also discovered that good food starts with the freshest ingredients and has combined them in a simple yet flavorful way that takes you back to the kitchen table at grandma’s house.