Ivano studied for three years at the Ipas Vespucci, a professional culinary academy, and spent six years working at “Prater” restaurant in Monza, Italy before moving to the United States to work at the Eldorado in 1995. In 1999, he became co-owner of La Veccehia, but he was lured back to La Strada in November of 2006. Ivano is well-known for his vibrant Mediterranean flare. Cooking in Mediterranean style means cooking in harmony with the four seasons and using fresh seasonal ingredients. Many of the fresh vegetables used in La Strada come from the Ferrari-Carano Vineyard and Winery.