Rosalie’s Cucina was established in 1995 by renowned restaurateur Philip Romano, for his sister Rosalie. Philip Romano is well known for creating many successful restaurant concepts such as Fuddruckers, Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Eatzi’s. He was featured in People Magazine for his feeding of the homeless program in Dallas, called Hunger Busters. Philip and his family visit Rosalie’s during their summer stays on beautiful Skaneateles Lake. Sadly, Rosalie passed away only one year after welcoming guests to her restaurant. To know Rosalie was to love Rosalie. Her legacy is being kept alive through her restaurant, which is operated by Executive Chef/Owner Operator Marc Albino in partnership with original general manager, Gary Robinson. In 2018, Rosalie’s promoted server, Lisa Alibrandi, a staff member of 14 years to general manager, and hired local cocktail expert Patrick Crowley as bar manager.
Rosalie’s was built in authentic Tuscan Style, designed by Philip Romano and local architect, Andrew Jude Ramsgard. The steel structure behind the bocce ball court and vineyard was originally part of an interchange between the Erie Canal and Albany Central Railroad that sheltered passengers. It now adorns the herbs that are used daily by Rosalie’s chefs. Rosalie’s kitchen is in the capable hands of culinary trained chefs, led by Executive Chef/Owner Operator Marc Albino. Chef Marc is a graduate of the acclaimed Pennsylvania Culinary School. All of us at Rosalie’s Cucina are thrilled to have been recognized in book and newspaper publications, and featured on national television’s Dining Around. We wish to express our gratitude to everyone whose support has contributed to Rosalie’s success. We will continue to do our best to keep Rosalie’s Cucina as she would have, full of hearty food, great wine, and most importantly, smiling faces.