Meet The Chef
Meet our Chef and co-owner – Angel Mendoza.
Having earned a distinguished award from Carlos Rosario International Culinary School, Angel worked at the Michellin awarded 2Amy’s restaurant in Washington DC, where he made his way from a dishwasher up to a kitchen manager, gaining his experience with a well-known Chef and restaurant’s owner, Peter Pastan.
Prior to becoming a co-owner of Baronessa, Angel launched three Red Rocks restaurants in DC and VA, overseeing all of them for the next seven years. He was in charge of menus development, managed the kitchen, cooking as well as overseeing catering services.
Seven years later, having ensured that the restaurants became well established, Angel felt ready for his new dream endeavor, which was starting his own restaurant.
Angel’s motto is “Food should make people happy. And it does, when made with love, hard work and talent”. With this in mind, he buys ingredients only from the trustworthy suppliers and does grocery and meat shopping from the farmers he knows personally. This allows Baronessa not only to support small businesses and to be eco-friendly, but also to ensure high quality ingredients, the core element for creating delicious and full of flavor dishes.
Since “food is one of the simplest ways to increase the level of human’s happiness”, as Angel likes saying, he not only creates delicious menus, but can also come up with a Chef’s special on the go, when talking to our regular guests and finding out more about their tastes and mood. This personalized attitude allows our customers to follow not only the menu, but also their heart wishes.
Chef’s true love though lies in Neapolitan brick oven wood-fired pizzas. So, you can enjoy both, traditional pizza recipes and their Angel’s interpretations in our menus (their thin crust remains “untouchable” of course).
In Angel’s opinion: “However hard you try to keep up with restaurant trends, the ever high demand trend is “simply” human to human attention. It is always en vogue. This definitely sets us apart from the majority of other places in the area, though the beginning and the end of any argument about restaurants remains the food. And it’s hard to beat us on this!”
We are inviting you to meet the Chef in person and find out what would become your favorite at Baronessa, or to get your personalized Chef’s Special!