Though hailing from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life, the team at 312 Chicago comes together for a common goal: to make our restaurant the pinnacle of Windy City hospitality. Our team, from managers Kirsten Anderson and Tina Majethia, Executive Chef Luca Corazzina and his Sous Chefs Juan Ramirez and Luis Silva are always ready for you with a glass of wine, plate of house made pasta, and their warm hospitality.
Born and raised in Padova, Italy, a young Chef Luca traded his childhood dream of being a spy for a spot in the kitchen next to his mother, also a professional chef. It was at her side that he learned the basics of Northern Italian cooking, and where he picked up the culinary philosophy that still informs his approach today: "The best ingredients, treated with care, can result in perfection.” When the Corazzina family immigrated to Chicago in 1986 in pursuit of the American Dream, Chef Luca got his start working in the family restaurant in Little Italy, as well as at several other Chicago eateries.
He went on to hone his chops at VIVO, Miami Beach’s critically acclaimed Pane Caldo and at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando before returning to the Windy City to open Figo Ristorante and Prosecco. At 312 Chicago, Corazzina’s menu features deceptively simple preparations that showcase the robust flavors of the freshest local Chicago ingredients—it’s an homage to his greatest culinary mentor, his mother. When not in the kitchen or spending time with his wife and two sons, he can be found eating his way through his Italian hometown, always on the hunt for fresh inspiration.