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As in cooking, timing is everything. After a 12-year stint with a New Jersey-based manufacturing and engineering firm, Mr. Varricchio reunited with his childhood friend and acclaimed chef and cookbook author Tom Valenti. At that time, Chef Valenti was becoming known as one of the nation's rising star chefs and was preparing to launch a new restaurant in the hip SoHo neighborhood. Recognizing an opportunity to pursue what had up until then been a weekend hobby, Mr. Varricchio took an internship at Valenti's restaurant, Cascabel.

His passion for creating approachable dishes with bold flavors in an unpretentious yet refined presentation quickly emerged, and his career path was clear. Chef Varricchio became assistant pastry chef at the storied New York French eatery, La Cote Basque. There he learned invaluable skills under the tutelage of famed Jean-Jacques Rachou, as well as Chef Lincoln Carson who today is pastry chef for the Michael Mina Restaurant Group.

Shortly thereafter, Varricchio rejoined Valenti at Butterfield 81, which at the time was a popular new hot spot on New York's Upper East Side. Varricchio spent eighteen months there before being summoned to the bright lights of the nation's new culinary mecca - Las Vegas. There he studied under internationally revered chef Julian Serrano at the Bellagio's 5-star, 5-diamond jewel, Picasso.

Returning to New York City, Varricchio took on the simultaneous role of executive sous chef at two highly acclaimed restaurants: Ouest and 'Cesca. Both restaurants are credited with establishing the Upper West Side as a leading destination for dining experiences. During its first year, 'Cesca was nominated by the James Beard Society as one of the best new restaurants in the country.

Chef Varricchio has participated in numerous high profile culinary events, including the Bermuda Food & Wine Festival, Jackson Hole Wine Auction, Aspen Food & Wine, New York's City-Meals-on-Wheels benefit at Rockefeller Center, South Beach Food & Wine Festival, and the 2005, 2006 and 2008 Treasure Coast Wine Festival in Vero Beach.

Citrus Grillhouse Restaurant

Life is Short. Eat Good Food. Citrus Grillhouse is an American bistro-style casual seaside restaurant.

Citrus Grillhouse
1050 Easter Lily Lane
Vero Beach Florida 32963
P: 772.234.4114
F: 772.234.4115

Lunch | Monday thru Saturday - 11:30AM-2:00PM
Dinner | Daily from 5:00PM

Indoor and outdoor seating
Reservations recommended but not required