Chef Joao "Juca” Oliveira began his culinary journey at the ripe-old age of 17 when he arrived in New York City from his native Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
What started off as a random job became a lifetime passion. In a very short time, Juca moved up the ranks in one of the busiest kitchens in Manhattan-that of Bice Restaurant. By age 22, Juca was the restaurant's executive chef serving 1000 meals daily.
Continuing to work for Bice, he was asked to open and run Bice restaurants in Washington, D.C. and Palm Beach.
It was at age 24 that Chef Juca moved to Miami and became Executive Chef of the trendy South Beach hotspot I Tre Merli where regular patrons included Mickey Rourke, Eddie Murphy, Prince, and Madonna.
When he moved to Brickell he noticed the area was lacking an Italian restaurant. In 1994, he opened the doors to Tutto Pasta and it became an instant success. In 1997, he followed with Tutto Pizza which until this day is still the only pizzeria in the area with a wood-burning brick oven.
He now brings his love of Italian cuisine to Key Biscayne, Florida. Located in Galleria Mall, Tutto Pizza & Pasta is a welcoming trattoria where one feels comfortable dining with the entire family. Yet its casual elegance paired with its delicious menu and attractive wine list makes this neighborhood gem a perfect date spot as well.
The opening of Tutto Pizza & Pasta has given Chef Juca the opportunity to once again return to the kitchen and do what he does b
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