Below are the people who may welcome you when you come to dine at Amali. Our
people are who we are and you can learn about the different roles they play here.
Jason Lakow, Director of Purchasing/Maitre D
Jason will often greet you at the door at Amali when he is not running off to the fish market to handpick quality fish at 2 am. Jason is a graduate of the Cornell University Hotel School.
Mike Mendel, Beverage Director/Sommelier
Mike oversees all matters beverage after supervising top flight wine programs in Chicago. The rare sommelier that actually listens to what people are looking to drink.
Rachel Goulet, Sous Chef
In a game of pirate, ninja or spy, Rachel learned her pirating and cooking most formatively at Brooklyn stalwart Al di La. She also oversees our rooftop garden.
Francine Mace, Sommelier
Frankie has a passion for Italian wines, quibbling with Mike about appellation designation and running after busy dinner service.
Matthew D'Ambroso, Jr. Sous Chef
Matt enjoys making pasta, debating the meaning of the term Italian-American and order modifications.