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 NYU with a BA in Journalism, Habjanic wrote for the Village Voice, Paper and Time Out New York before doing a stint at public relations giant Shandwick International. After a few years in PR, Thea enrolled in the baking and pastry program at the Institute of Culinary Education. An externship at Le Bernardin evolved into a full-time job with her mentor Michael Laiskonis. After two years under the tutelage of Laiskonis, Thea was hired as Pastry Sous Chef at David Burke Fishtail. About a year later, she left to open The Smith Lincoln Center. Her success there prompted her promotion to oversee the pastry program for Corner Table Restaurants (The Smith, Jane). In 2015, La Sirena’s Opening Pastry Director Laiskonis asked Habjanic to help build the pastry program where she was opening Pastry Chef.

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 ...

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 ...

Kathryn Gillan

Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, Kathryn Gillan has been producing events in New York City for five years. She began her career with David Monn where she worked her way from an internship ...

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 ...

Katie Stipe

Katie Stipe has been fortunate to work in some of New York and the world’s most beloved cocktail bars.  She learned her craft at Flatiron Lounge over ten years ago where she ...