Hi, my name is Nadia.

I was born and raised in Naples, Italy, one of the most beautiful cities in the world and one of the culinary capitals in Europe.

Naples, Italy
The beautiful bay of Naples.

Raised in a family of foodies (buongustai) with a mother who is an excellent cook, I developed a refined and eclectic palate. I don’t love food; I love good food.

I didn’t start cooking professionally until I arrived in the U.S. in 1993.  I saw a need for real and authentic Italian food (practically non-existent in North Carolina), so, I started cooking as a personal chef.

My whole career revolves around food.  From personal chef to caterer, to restaurant manager, and even grocery store manager.  My love and appreciation for my adoptive country (U.S. of America) brought me to be a culinary specialist in the U.S. Navy Reserves Sea Bees.

Culinary Specialist, USNR

My love for teaching and helping others achieve their goals inspired me to be a teacher.

Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Nadia Minniti

Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Nadia Minniti

After 26 years of being involved with some aspect of food service, it was time for me to explore the only aspect of the food world I hadn’t experienced, yet: restaurant ownership.

Many paths have brought me to owning Gusto Napoletano.  Certainly, the need for good pizza in Cumberland and surrounding counties was one of them.  Becoming certified in the art of Vera Pizza Napoletana was another one.

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