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Frank G. Petrello was born on October 27, 1937, in little Italy, a suburb of Cleveland were Everyone spoke Italian. Growing up, he remembers the aromas and sound of laughter on his way and coming home from Sunday Mass. The aromas were all different depending on who was cooking and what part of Italy influenced them. Naples, Calabria, Piedmont, Puglia, Abruzzi, Sicily, Umbria, Bologna----Frank's family is from Naples and Gildone.

He attended grade school and 3 years of High School at Cathedral Latin where the

Marianest Brothers ruled this legendary school.

The family moved to southern California in the fall of 1955 were Frank completed high school at Notre Dame. Afterwards, Frank attended junior college, studying to become a Physical Education instructor. He left to join the Marine Corp and received his honorable discharge in 1965.

Later, Frank went into business for himself as an Insurance Agent and Broker. His agency was in California's, San Fernando Valley. His love of teaching and sports led him to little league in Sherman Oaks and later Encino. Frank has a son, Gregory Stephen born in 1969. When Greg was 10, his Little League team was fortunate enough to go to Taiwan were a sister city relationship was established between Encino, California and Taiwan, Frank was proud to be one of the coaches.

After many years in the insurance business, Frank sold his agency and moved to Mammoth Lakes, California with Greg, to follow his dream, This was the first of three Italian Restaurants -- the other two were in South Lake Tahoe and Minden, Nevada.
 During this time, Frank also manufactured his famous Petrello's Pesto to Gelsons Markets in southern California and Raleys and Bel Air stores in Northern California.

Franks Cooking show in Nevada was a big hit too.

Awards: Wine Spectator Award!

Formerly, a member of
"Chain des Rotisseurs"   Maitre Grillardin -- South Lake Tahoe Chapter





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