Award winning chef Carla Pellegrino was born in Rio de Janeiro to a Portuguese father and a second-generation Italian mother. As early as age 10, she was cooking daily and helping run her mother's catering business. At age 16, Pellegrino moved to Liguria, Italy and traveled to the United States in 1997, where she attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City where she graduated with honors.
In May 2000, she and Frank Pellegrino Jr. opened Baldoria Restaurant on 8th Avenue and Broadway. Six years later, chef Pellegrino led the culinary team as the executive chef to open Rao’s Las Vegas. She took the 10 original recipes from the legendary East Harlem Italian restaurant, and added her own traditional North Italian cuisine building a high volume menu. This was followed by other successful concepts such as, Bacio by Carla, Meatball Spot and Touche Miami.
Pellegrino has been featured on Top Chef 10, Today Show, CBS Morning Show, Fox News National, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit along with multiple national and local news outlets.