Chefs to Watch: Anthony DeVanzo of Velo in Nyack

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Chef-owner Anthony DeVanzo

The 411 on Velo.

Born: Sept. 14, 1975 in Suffern

Grew up: Suffern

Culinary School: Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park

Experience: Externship at Restaurant Jean-Louis in Greenwich, Conn.; sous chef at Marcello’s in Suffern; sous chef and then chef at Paris Commune in Greenwich Village.

Cooking style: Classical French mixed with rustic Italian. “I believe in fresh stuff — really fresh ingredients, hand-picked things.”

Signature dish: Homemade Potato Gnocchi with Lamb Bolognese Sauce

Why he’s one to watch: DeVanzo worked at Marcello’s in Suffern, and then took over the location of the former Heather’s, so Rockland diners were expecting a lot from him when it came to creative Italian cuisine. Still, he hasn’t gone too overboard: he keeps true to his philosophy of treating ingredients with a light touch. His flavors are true and his cooking is honest. His chianti risotto couldn’t be simpler: red wine, rice, cheese — a shaving of truffle. But each bite brings flavors that warm and comfort.

Future influence? “I like to keep things really simple — taking old recipes and techniques and playing with them a little bit.” He also wants to keep educating customers about food and wine pairings, encouraging them to try wines they might not know or consider the proper combination with what they’re ordering.

Bill Cary contributed. Photo by Tania Savayan/TJN.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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  1. Chef Anthony is the real deal. VELO has become my family’s special occasion restaurant. We love bringing out-towners to the restaurant and we really enjoying Manhattanites what they are missing. While we are inclined to follow Chef’s lead and sample the specials, the main menu is always fabulous. Run, don’t walk to discover this Hudson River Valley treasure. Long may VELO prosper. Chris, Shelley, Perry & Graham Kerr

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