Director of Operations
Joe Tarasco is Director of Operations at Marta, Caffe Marchio and Vini e Fritti, Union Square Hospitality Group’s Roman-inspired restaurants located in The Redbury New York, as well as Maialino. During his childhood in New York, Joe was inspired by his grandmother, a talented home cook, and began experimenting in the kitchen and cooking for himself at a young age. Wanting to further explore his love of food, Joe took a job as a server and expediter at a local restaurant and thrived in the fast-paced atmosphere. Joe went on to enroll in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, graduating in 2005. While there, Joe completed his externship at Philadelphia’s Le Bec-Fin and upon graduation, he took a position as a line cook at Union Square Hospitality Group’s beloved Gramercy Tavern.
After two and a half years there, Joe left to serve as a sous chef at Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli’s acclaimed Brooklyn restaurant Frankies Spuntino and then helped them to open Prime Meats. In 2009, Joe returned to USHG, joining the Maialino opening team led by Chef/Partner Nick Anderer as a sous chef. In July of 2011, Joe was named Executive Sous Chef of Maialino. During his time at Maialino, Joe took several food-focused trips to Rome, reinforcing his passion for the eternal city and the distinctive food of its neighborhoods, and ultimately preparing him for his current role at Marta. In August 2017, Joe further pursued his passion for Italian cuisine and culture by opening Caffe Marchio and Vini e Fritti as Executive Chef.