A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York, Michael developed his keen culinary skills under the tutelage of acclaimed chefs Michael Chiarello and Bradley Ogden, having led the kitchens at Tra Vigne, One Market and the Lark Creek Inn. His time and experience within those kitchens has fueled his philosophy of simplicity and freshness in every meal he prepares. Now that both of Michael’s restaurants, Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca and the Norman Rose Tavern have achieved such tremendous accolades and success, Michael is considered one of Wine Country’s top performing chefs and restaurateurs.
Michael is an avid outdoors enthusiast, enjoying skiing, cycling, kayaking and gardening – and anything that involves family. He and wife Christina are the proud parents of four children, Caitlin, Kellie, Cassidy and Kobi. Their home is also a venerable Noah’s Ark, with a Redbone Coonhound named Rufus, a Rottweiler named Basil (both are rescue dogs from the Napa Animal Shelter), and two cats named Mimi and Quiddles.
Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca and the Norman Rose Tavern each offer fresh, locally sourced, satisfying, and unpretentious food and drink at reasonable prices, and both enjoy that magic reputation as both a local favorite and a visitor destination.