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Michele Mazza, the Italian chef of Il Mulino New York, the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant at Miami’s Acqualina Resort & Spa, is a native of Southern Italy. He grew up in Torre del Greco, a small town outside of Naples, Italy. Of course, we all know pizza was invented in good old Napoli, so it’s only natural that Mazza became a magnificent chef. Beginning his culinary journey at the Italian Culinary Institute in Rapallo, Genoa, Mazza became an apprentice at the Hotel Bristol there. After succeeding in culinary school, Mazza began his career on a Mediterranean cruise line before moving to the United States in 1980. He ran his own restaurants, Giovanella and Clasico Ristorante, before joining Il Mulino New York in 2003 — and the rest is history.