Frank DeCarlo, born and raised in New Jersey, grew up in restaurants: He started as a dishwasher at age 14 and never left the kitchen. After years of cooking in New York, DeCarlo travelled to a small town, Mola di Bari, Italy, to learn traditional Pugliese cooking and brought his experience back with him to the states and opened the rustic Peasant in 2000. Peasant features an open kitchen where almost all of the cooking is fueled with either wood or coal and has developed a reputation as a chef’s hangout. In 2004, he opened Peasant Wine Bar, giving Peasant customers a subterranean, rustic room reserved for walk-ins and special private events. In 2007 he opened a Venetian wine bar, Bacaro, on the lower east side. He has collaborated with the world-renowned photographer Hans Gissinger on the book 600°C, a book about the art of fire. In 2017, DeCarlo has opened Barba Bianca. He runs Peasant, Bacaro and Barba Bianca with his wife, Dulcinea.