Francesco Lammana's culinary career dates back to the day he was born, when his mother went into labor in the kitchen of his family restaurant in Calabria, Italy. He joins the Mareluna family as the Executive Chef, eager to bring his traditional family recipes to New York City.
Francesco’s passion for food stems from his diverse culinary background and education. In addition to supporting notable Italian kitchens like Castiello de Felimno in Parma and Eataly Milan, he studied hotel management and completed private cooking courses in specialty skills like fish processing and cooking; Italian cuisine by region; handmade pasta preparation; and game meats. Back in his hometown, he opened the highly acclaimed Ill Conte de Melissa, which earned a Michelin star in 2015.
Francesco wears several hats beyond his toque, one being a designer. He is also an architect by trade and led the design and construction of Maestro Pasta in NYC, where he also served as the restaurant's General Director and Executive Chef. In his pastime, Francesco enjoys fishing, a passion he developed in childhood. Decades later, he remains thrilled to partake in the entire culinary pipeline and once caught ten fish in a day, all of which he later cooked. As a proud bookworm, Francesco has read 2,526 books to date, which is what you'll find him doing when not catching and carefully cooking fish.