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Chef / Restaurateur
Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Daniel Bonanno grew up in an Italian household where he learned at an early age, he had a passion for food. Upon graduating high school he attended Le Cordon Bleu in Minnesota. From there he interned at Grand Geneva Resort and then started work at Tony Mantuano’s restaurant, Mangia Trattoria. Having created a love of Italian cuisine, he decided to study abroad at Apicius Culinary School in Florence Italy. While living in Italy he worked at a couple Michelin rated restaurants and submerged himself in the culture. Upon returning, Dan went to nationally acclaimed restaurant, Spiaggia in Chicago.
Wanting to put in use what he learned in Italy and get closer to farmers and ranchers, Madison was the perfect location and there he opened, with Bonnie Arent, A Pig in a Fur Coat. Within months Madison named A Pig in a Fur Coat best new restaurant and by the end of the year Dan was nominated for Rising Star Chef. Always striving for the perfect flavor combination, the evolving menu is served in a lively, casual atmosphere on communal tables.