Joe Bastianich is one of America’s preeminent restaurateurs and TV personalities; he is also a New York Times bestselling author and triathlete. A renown authority on Italian wine, in 2005, he was recognized as an Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional by both the James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit Magazine. In 2008, he and Mario were awarded the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Restaurateur Award. When Joe is not whipping up new business deals, or working the dining room at one of his many restaurants, he can be found at his home in New York City playing guitar and spending time with his wife, Deanna, and their three children.

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the team

Josh Laurano

Josh Laurano grew up in a food family. Known as the knish queen of West Virginia, Laurano’s mother owned and operated a local organic bakery. His father, a vegetarian restaurant in New…

Mario Batali

With restaurants worldwide and a host of television shows, including ABC’s “The Chew,” Mario Batali is one of the most recognized and respected chefs working today. Mario is also the New York…

Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz has been working in Italian restaurants since he was fifteen. Jeff attended Babson College and majored in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Not long after graduation, Jeff relocated to New York where…

Maximilian Quattrone

Maximilian Quattrone joined La Sirena as General Manager in January 2017. Previously, Maximilian held managerial and wine-centric positions at some of New York City’s most popular restaurants. Before becoming General Manager of…

Thea Habjanic

Thea Habjanic is Executive Pastry Chef at La Sirena. Born and raised in Manhattan, Thea grew up in her father’s Northern Italian restaurant on 46th Street’s Restaurant Row: Osteria del Carso. After graduating from…

Anthony Sasso

Growing up as one of four children in Glasco, NY, Anthony Sasso was always surrounded by art, music, and creativity. After graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, Sasso’s culinary…

Scott Woltz

Originally from Washington D.C., Scott grew up an army brat traveling the globe and experiencing various cultures and cuisines. After earning his undergraduate degree at Towson University, and his graduate degree at…