Mario Cassineri

BiCE, San Diego

Chef Mario discovered his love of cooking while helping prepare food for a charity event at just 15 years-old. It was then that he realized his culinary creations had the power to bring smiles to hungry faces. Discovering this newfound passion, Chef Mario went on to graduate from culinary school in Milan, followed by work with a variety of renowned chefs in Italy and around the world. It wasn’t long before he was running his own kitchen, landing his first chef position at the young age of 23 years-old. With a natural knack for the restaurant business, he later joined three of Italy’s most celebrated chefs to create a successful restaurant and hotel consulting business. He also shared his love of food with others by teaching culinary arts at the internationally renowned culinary school Costigliole d’ Asti in Piedmont, Italy.

Chef Mario joined BICE Restaurant Group as Executive Corporate Chef in 2005, opening several restaurants internationally and in the United States with his longtime Sous Chef and friend Francesca Penoncelli. Both Mario and Francesca found a home at BiCE San Diego, where Chef Mario has taken the helm of the kitchen and runs the restaurant with an expert team. Here, Chef Mario remains inspired by a community of appreciative diners and enjoys implementing natural and fresh ingredients into a skillful mix of contemporary Italian dishes. He also enjoys giving back to the community by participating in charity events and fundraisers, particularly ones that benefit childhood and cancer related causes.

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