Infino to welcome two new world-class chefs


Infino’s penne pasta in shrimp pesto sauce. (MIKAELA RABAGO)

Infino is not pulling any punches as it continues to establish itself as a major player in Saipan’s burgeoning restaurant market.

Chef Juan Carlos Berrocal said the Italian/Peruvian/Spanish restaurant will be hiring two new experienced chefs in the coming weeks.

First to come aboard is Berrocal’s old buddy, Franco Cunneta, with whom he worked with in Peru.

A native of Italy with stints in New York, Miami, and Peru, Conneta comes to Saipan with over 20 years of culinary experience.

Berrocal said Conneta would inject his expertise in authentic pizza, calzone, and other Italian favorites to Infino’s Italian menu.

Joining Berrocal and Connetta at Infino’s kitchen is Melvin Samuel, who is no stranger to the island, having worked with Berrocal when the two used to front Roque’s Tavern. Samuel left Saipan for Alaska a couple of years ago when Berrocal shuttered Roque’s Tavern.

“I’m excited to welcome these two new chefs to the fold. Expect bigger and better things at Infino with the addition of these two world-class chefs,” said Berrocal.

And that’s not all: The Garapan restaurant just introduced pasta and burger stations to complement its daily buffet lunch.

The patties at the burger station are freshly made and grilled on the spot with your choice of veggies and condiments, while customers can choose sauces like pesto, marinara, and alfredo and toppings of chicken, shrimp, or spinach for its pasta.

“We needed to up our game if we are to attract more customers at our lunch buffet so we decided to add the burger and pasta live stations to our daily offerings,” said Berrocal.

Infino’s lunch buffet is from Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 2pm, and costs $12. Sunday buffet is also at the same time but slightly higher at $16.

Infino is located beside QQ Rent-A-Car in Garapan and managed by Yaya Luan. For reservations and for more information, call (670) 233-9966. Infino can also be reached via Facebook.

Chef Juan Carlos Berrocal said Infino will be welcoming two new world-class chefs in the coming weeks. (MIKAELA RABAGO)

Mark Rabago | Associate Editor
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