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 Jersey. After graduating from school, Laurano did a brief stint at a fine art gallery where he realized that his true passion was cooking. Laurano was hired as a line cook at Lupa over a decade ago. When Mario Batali opened Del Posto in 2007, Laurano followed and was soon promoted to sous chef. After three and a half years as sous chef at B&B’s flagship Greenwich Village restaurant, Babbo, Laurano took the helm of Tarry Market in Port Chester as Executive Chef. In April 2014, Laurano rejoined Lupa as Executive Chef. Laurano, his wife, Alessandra, and son, Raphael, live in Lower Manhattan. On days off, he enjoys the bounty of Long Island’s North Fork as well as Sunday dinners with his wife’s Sicilian family in Staten Island.

the team

Joe Bastianich

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…

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…