I've made my way around quite a few places to eat on this side of the state since moving here 3 months ago. Being that I'm a huge fan of Italian cuisine, it's no surprise that I'm gonna have to make my next stop at the home of a future local television star.

Amore Trattoria Italiana in Comstock Park has been serving the community since 2010 and Chef Jenna Arcidiacono has been the heart and soul of the kitchen. Recently she applied to be on the Food Network's "Guy's Grocery Games," and once she heard back with the good news she took to Facebook:

Amore Trattoria Italiana posted on their facebook page that the show takes about 7 months to edit but once completed, they will be holding a viewing party. Chef Jenna is incredibly excited to take on this show and come out on top. She is a seasoned veteran in the kitchen (see what I did there?) and has a rich resume as told through Amore Trattoria Italiana's website:

After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Michigan State University, Jenna decided to make a big move-- to San Francisco. She wanted to live in a big city and soak in as many styles of cooking as she could. Besides getting into plenty of trouble, she got a job at a 10 table restaurant in North Beach called "L'Osteria del'Forno.” It was run by two Italian women and is still going strong in 2017. Jenna was not educated in true Italian cuisine and was often screamed at in Italian, "How is it possible that you don't know what bresaola is!!!?"

Her next job took her to San Francisco's famed Mona Lisa restaurant, which lead to a fateful encounter. One day a stranger, named Maurizio, stopped in for an espresso. He was visiting from Milan with his friend and ended up staying a few extra days in San Francisco. Soon after, Maurizio took Jenna on her first trip to Italy and she fell in love with the food and relaxed culture (and of course with Maurizio).  She spoke no Italian--but in the kitchen with her future mother-in-law pointing and giggling sufficed. Soon after, Jenna and Maurizio were married and she lived in northern Italy for three years. Her favorite days were spent at the outdoor markets purchasing local produce, cheese and honey and in the kitchen with Vittoria, her mother-in-law, who taught her how to make gnocchi, bechamel and bread from scratch.

After having two daughters, and working in corporations, Jenna felt it was time to go for the dream of opening her own trattoria. She wanted to serve homemade locally sourced authentic Italian comfort food.  Amore Trattoria Italiana opened in July of 2010 and has been her biggest project to date.

Amore has won Best New Restaurant 2011, Grand Rapids Magazine; Restaurant of the Year 2012, Grand Rapids American Culinary Federation; Best European 2012, Grand Rapids Magazine and Chef of the Year 2013, The Grand Rapids Press.

We'll all be rooting for Jenna as she makes her way onto TV. There has not yet been a release date of the episode but we will all be keeping an eye out for it. Go Jenna!


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