Chef Luke Palladino

Top Regional Chef with a Gift for Italian Cuisine


Luke Palladino is no stranger to the area. For Italian-American Chef Luke Palladino, the decision to focus on the cuisine of his ancestral home was easy. His fondest memories are of family holidays celebrated with a procession of food, each relative’s signature dish on the table. To ensure his heritage was properly honored, he specialized in Italian cuisine at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, N.Y., and spent four years living and cooking in Italy. From 1997 to mid-1998, Palladino was executive chef and partner at Venice's internationally celebrated Ristorante al Covo. "It was an incredibly intense experience because there were only three people in the kitchen — a dishwasher, a cook and me," he remembers. Prior to his time at al Covo, Chef Palladino immersed himself in the culture and cuisine of Italy's varied regions, spending time at restaurants in Rome, Piemonte, Puglia, Friuli, Sicily and Tuscany.

In the United States, Chef Palladino has worked with some of the country's most respected culinary talent, including Paul Bertolli, Jeremiah Towers, Emeril Lagasse and Todd English. Currently, Chef Palladino operates a namesake 30-seat trattoria in Northfield, New Jersey, that’s beloved by local foodies and critics alike. In his March 2011 Philadelphia Inquirer review, Craig LaBan gave the restaurant three bells, calling it "one of the most special dining experiences in South Jersey, and one of the best Italian restaurants in the entire region. Period.” The restaurant was named a Top 25 Restaurant by New Jersey Monthly in both 2011 and 2012. He also owns and operates Luke Palladino Harrah’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey.