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It’s one of the many marvels of our idyllic
island: That Chef Joao “Juca” Oliveira of
Tutto Pizza & Pasta is one of the true rock
stars of the gastronomical world.
T E X T BY RYA N JA R R E LL
It seems almost too strange to be true. The events
that led up to Key Biscayners enjoying one of the top
trattorias to grace South Florida began 30 years ago
an entire continent away. It was in his native Brazil in
1987 that beloved Italian food connoisseur Executive
Chef Joao “Juca” Oliveira made a choice certain
not only to impact his life, but the lives of countless
satisfied diners across the country. “My father didn’t
want me to go to the U.S.,” says Chef Juca, who in
his long and storied career has served such celebrities
as Mickey Rourke, Eddie Murphy and Prince. “But
I was determined, and as soon as I graduated high
school I went to New York City.” Now an experienced
restaurateur at the apex of his career with the island’s
own Tutto Pizza & Pasta, what do we have to look
forward to next from Chef Juca? We’ll just have to
taste and see!; TuttoPizzaPasta.com.