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
Jason will often greet you at the door at Amali when he is not running off to the fish market to handpick 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.
Francine Mace, Sommelier
Frankie has a passion for Italian wines, quibbling with Mike about appellation designation and running after busy dinner service.
Steven Breslawski, Maitre D & Marketing
Steve used to make cheese and despite a wealth of movie knowledge has never seen the Godfather.
Daniella Chudler, Events
Daniella has an LA style and despite moving here from Los Angeles is the least "L.A." of the team.
Matthew D'Ambroso, Chef De Cuisine
Matt enjoys making pasta, debating the meaning of the term Italian-American and order modifications.
Anna Markow, Pastry
A Maine native, Anna writes regularly and recently wrote a recipe column for seriouseats.com.