Meet the Chef and Restaurateur
Chef and restaurateur Joseph Baldino, known for his deeply traditional Italian cooking, owns Sicilian BYOB Zeppoli in Collingswood, New Jersey and Palizzi Social Club. He is an eight-time James Beard Award semifinalist, and in 2017, Bon Appetit ranked Palizzi Social Club the No. 4 restaurant in the United States.
Graduate of the Professional Culinary Arts program 2002
Prior to opening Zeppoli, Joseph Baldino honed his culinary skills at Vetri, Osteria, and in the kitchens of other top Philadelphia chefs including Georges Perrier, Michael Solomonov, and Jose Garces. As a young cook, he apprenticed with Alice Waters at her legendary California restaurant Chez Panisse, worked at Ana Tasca Lanza’s farm in Sicily and cooked at Daniel Boulud’s New York City flagship Daniel.
He is a graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business and the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. Today, he proudly resides just blocks from Palizzi Social Club, near Mr. Martino’s Trattoria, where he had his first restaurant job bussing tables, and proudly carries on his family’s third-generation South Philly legacy of good food and authentic hospitality.
Joseph Baldino graduated from the International Culinary Center (ICC), founded as The French Culinary Institute (FCI). In 2020, ICE and ICC came together on one strong and dynamic national platform at ICE's campuses in New York City and Los Angeles. ICC’s culinary education legacy lives on at ICE, where you can explore your own future in food.