On the island of Sicily, Ciccio Sultano grew up with Italian foods that had Mediterranean and Arabic influences — all of which shaped his passion for food. That love started early enough that he began working in a pastry shop at the age of 13.

By 20, Sultano began working in restaurants and discovered his passion for flavor was a hit around town. To learn more, Sultano went to Germany and New York City to cook in restaurants of foreign countries. He took what he learned back to Sicily in 2000, opening his first restaurant: Duomo.

By 2004, Sultano was awarded with his first Michelin star, and he earned another in 2006. His key to success? Using the freshest ingredients.