Lydia. Jody. Barbara. Joanne. Marisa.
* In the history of iconic Boston-based chefs this tribe of five hasn’t needed last-name notation because the food across their specialties has been their calling card. And when it comes to Italian, no none has done more to introduce the region to creative, authentic fare than Marisa Iocco.
A native of Orsogna in Southern
Italy’s Abruzzo region and
trained in architecture,
fine art and the fine art of
cooking, as Boston’s only
Italian-born female executive chef, Iocco’s decades-long legacy of soulful, edgy, groundbreaking interpretations of traditional Italian has tempted, tickled and filled the stomachs of loyalists who have followed her remarkably criss-crossed path of restaurants across the city.
IOCCO'S FAVORITE WORDS
Marisa Iocco’s “doing more with less” approach
—emphasized by fresh, seasonal ingredients showcasing her traditional Italian culinary techniques—has distinguished her as one of the country’s foremost proponents of authentic yet playful
Iocco was named by Esquire magazine as a chef of one of the “Top Ten Restaurants in America,” while Conde Nast Traveler named Mare “One of the Top 80 Places in the World to Eat.
Her work has been honored by the Accademia Cucina Italiana
(named one of the best Italian chefs in America) and Le Dames d’Escoffier.
She has appeared in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Eating Well, United Hemispheres, Bostonmagazine, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald.
She has been featured on RAI International, Italy’s national television station.
Iocco received the Boston Phoenix’s2006 Howard Mitchum Medal for Innovation in Seafood Cookery. And in October 2017, she received the award for “Distinguished Culinarian” for her dedication to maintaining and uplifting Italian culture in the United States, in honor of Boston’s celebration of Italian-American Heritage Month.