Meet the Team
Jason Viscount, Executive Chef/General Manager
York native Jason Viscount did not always dream of becoming a chef. However, his life had always been influenced by fine cuisine and the food service industry. By the time he needed to decide upon a career, Viscount didn’t hesitate to attend the Restaurant School of Philadelphia where he fully developed and nurtured his passion for food.
After graduation, Viscount returned to central Pennsylvania where he spent time in some of the best kitchen this area has; the Yorktowne Hotel, Hotel Hershey’s Circular Dining Room and The Golden Sheaf at the Hilton Harrisburg.
In 2006 Viscount helped to open BRICCO to rave reviews. The restaurant quickly earned many distinguished awards and became the "place to be" for local foodies. Bricco’s most significant classification was received when it was selected to become a member of DiRōNA, Distinguished Restaurants of North America, an honor that fewer than 800 restaurants have earned in North America, Canada and Mexico since the organization's conception twenty years ago.
Today, Viscount enjoys the title of Executive Chef / General Manager of Bricco and all of the responsibility and creative freedom that comes with it. Viscount's zeal for fine food is not put on the back burner when he exits the restaurant. At home, you'll find he still loves conjuring up many of his own recipes and traditional family favorites for his wife and family to enjoy.
Cassandra Callahan, Pastry Chef
Casey, originally from Scranton, PA, graduated from the Restaurant School of Philadelphia in 1999. She baked and plated her way around the city at local restaurants and hotels, honing her skills and developing her own personal style of baking.
In 2001 Casey settled in Harrisburg with husband Brian and began her career at the Hilton Harrisburg as the hotels first Pastry Chef. Casey began developing menus and training the bakery staff that would, in a few years, be the starting lineup of Ciao! Bakery. She found her home in 2006 with the opening of Ciao! Bakery, where she puts her personal touch into every dessert that leaves the shop, as well as the plated desserts in Bricco, and desserts for the various wholesale customers she serves.
Casey’s baking skills and management techniques have continued to grow throughout the years. In January 2011 she was asked to take on the management responsibility for Ciao! Bakery’s brother shop, Olewines Meat and Cheese House.
Casey made her life even sweeter in 2009 when she and her husband started a family. Now the proud mother of two young children will always have a built in tasting kitchen at home with two unbiased critics.
Nick DiFrancesco, Restaurant Manager
Growing up in the Harrisburg area, Nick spent most of his professional life learning the craft of hospitality. From humble beginnings in a popular ice cream chain, Nick had the privilege of knowing what he wanted to do with his life long before most. Taking advantage of many job opportunities in different restaurants and hotels he worked his way through any and every job one might encounter in a restaurant.
With a desire to turn his part time job into a full time career Nick attended the Pennsylvania State University pursuing a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional management. During school he had to opportunity to intern at both the Hilton Harrisburg and Hotel Hershey. After graduation he spent time in the food and beverage department at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor as the Assistant Food and Beverage Operations Manager before returning home to take over front of house operations at Bricco. Viewing hospitality as the corner stone of any community, Nick is proud to offer his take on service to the Harrisburg area.
Jessica Ayala, Dining Room Manager
Jessica had over 12 years experience in the food and beverage industry before joining Bricco as the Dining Room Manager. After working at Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center as both Assistant Restaurant Manager and Banquet Manager she then worked as the Banquet Manager/Beverage Manager at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center and then worked at the Hilton Hotel before taking over the Dining Room Manager position at Bricco. Jessica has many applicable certifications that helps her in this position including PLCB RAMP Certification, PLCB Owner Manager Training and more.