A Fresh Take on Italian
Osteria Marzano brings a unique dining philosophy to the greater Alexandria / Springfield area. Experienced restaurateur / owner Chef Carmine Marzano and his daughter Elena Pouchelon are pleased to offer more than six decades of combined hospitality experience to their exciting new restaurant.
From conception and design to reality, Co-Owner Elena Pouchelon has played a critical role in the creation, lay-out, and interior beauty of Osteria Marzano. Pouchelon envisioned creating a warm yet modern environment that evoked Italy at its best. Working closely with the architect and designers, her dream was realized in the centrally-located, massive, elegant Golden Beach granite bar and Alabaster White 3Form Stone liquor display, Natural Walnut wood accent walls, Golden Whirlwind fabric ceiling panels and even the Tucker tufted-panel walls painted in high gloss red in the bathrooms that evoke the inside of a jewel box. With its opening, Pouchelon now turns her attention to front-of-house hospitality and management.
Together with Chef Marzano’s distinctive Assaggini Italian tapas-style bar menu and modern take on authentic Italian fare, this father-daughter team brings a hands-on approach to every aspect of their restaurant. You’ll find both Marzano and Pouchelon in the restaurant daily, ensuring that guests enjoy a personalized, memorable, and delicious dining experience.
Executive Chef & Co-Owner
Born in Calabria, Italy, Chef Carmine Marzano inherited his culinary flair from his father and acquired a passion for cooking at an early age. Carmine trained professionally at Istituto Alberghiero Statale di Pienerolo, and then Chef Marzano served as executive chef for three years at the exclusive Ristorante Giudice inTurin, Italy. He came to the United States to assist the critically acclaimed Chef Roberto Donna with the opening of Galileo, where he served as sous chef for four years. With this passion for Italian cooking in his blood, it’s no surprise that Marzano married a woman with a similar passion for Italian cooking, Deborah Bruzzo – daughter of Corrado Bruzzo, owner of Washington's Famous Luigi's restaurant. In 1993, Carmine opened Ristorante Luigino, which he ran for 15 years before returning to the family-owned Luigi's. He is pleased to have created his newest restaurant, Osteria Marzano, in partnership with his daughter.