AJ Black

1578 First Ave, New York NY 10028


Born in a small seaside Sicilian town on August 12, 1967 with the full name of Antonello Jacopo Maximus Cuoco, shortened it himself to AJ Black.

Growing up in the restaurant business in Rome with his family, AJ went to be refine his talents and skills at the Italian Culinary Institute. There he completed his training completing his internship at the famous Grand Hotel.

At the early age of 19, strong gifted passion brought him to open his very first restaurant in the Laterno District on the Via San Giovanni and he called it Cafe Roma.

His inspiration comes from his early childhood in Sicily where he loved fishing and cooking with his family everyday for all their neighbors and friends. This was an event, an act of love, a chance to create with masters of cuisine while transforming the freshest ingredients from their gardens, mountains, and sea. His mission in his style of cooking is always to draw from his traditional foundation to create his own individual style that has been hailed as "Simpatico-Chic", "Classic-Chic" and one food critic named him the "Einstein of Food". Chef AJ's elegant style in cuisine is always evolving, his passion for every intimate dish he creates is immeasurable.

AJ Black is featured in Relais & Chateaux's 85 Inspirational Chefs and Chef's at Home. He is currently working on his own cookbook.