Meet the tight-knit family that makes the magic happen.
Marcello De Feo
Owner, General Manager
First generation Italian-American with roots in Abruzzo and South Philly. Began working in kitchens at 11 with experience ranging from bakeries to fine dining. He is motivated by the desire to keep the memories of his family’s matriarchs alive.
Raj brings a massive wealth of experience to Valente’s Cucina. After spending an impressive 25 years as the AGM of The Palm, he brought his talents to Butcher & Singer, and Barclay Prime. Most recently, he spent three years as the Events Manager at the prestigious Cescaphe. His veteran leadership has made an immediate and profound impact on Valente’s.
Chef Johnnie brings an immense amount of talent and experience to Valente's. He served as the Executive Chef of both The Palm and Ruth's Chris and played pivotal roles at Double Knot, Parc, and Branzino, where he fine tuned his pasta skills.
Feliciano is a dedicated, hard-working individual who learns quickly and has come a long way in his short time at Valente’s. Feliciano joined us as a line cook, after spending a number of years at the Italian-American restaurant, Kitchen Consigliere. He quickly worked his way up the ladder at Valente’s as his cooking and plating skills skyrocketed.
Halie, a CIA graduate with an Advanced Pastry concentration, strives to create stories through flavor and presentation. She believes that the ideal dessert is not only the perfect complement to a great meal but it should leave the guest savoring and longing for the flavors.
With over five years experience and exposure to many cuisines, Bruce brings professionalism and excitement to the work place. His attention to details and outgoing personality allows guest to not only enjoy their food but their service as well. His desire to be great allows him to put full effort in his work and ensure a 5 star dinning experience.
Want to join our team?
We are always looking for passionate, dedicated, and reliable people who are driven to make the best products they can and continually better themselves.