For Chef Massimo Giannattasio, the kitchen has always been his passion. Born and raised in Salerno, Italy, Chef Massimo’s culinary journey started at a young age in his family kitchen, helping his mother prepare traditional Italian meals with simple fresh ingredients. It was here he realized his true passion for Italian culture and cuisine.
Upon his graduation from the Salerno Culinary Institute, he spent the next few years travelling and working in restaurants in Northern Italy and throughout Europe. He soon became recognized for his extraordinary culinary talents and began tenure at Acero Rosso, a one star Michelin restaurant in Rimini, Northern Italy, where he was able to work under numerous distinguished chefs to finely hone his craft for Italian cuisine.
In 2002, Massimo’s journey led him to the United States and the prestigious area of Brentwood, Los Angeles where he worked as Sous Chef at Vincenti Restaurant. Touted by patrons as the best Italian eatery in Los Angeles, Massimo was able to create delicious, authentic cuisine from his homeland and share his enthusiasm for Italian culture. Soon after, Massimo accepted a position as Executive Chef at the esteemed Ago Restaurant, Miami, owned and operated by prominent restaurateur and Chef Agostino Sciandri and partner Robert De Niro. As Executive Chef, he has spent the last few years creating wonderful culinary masterpieces for notable celebrities and royalty alike.
Massimo’s passion, commitment and devotion to exceptional Italian cuisine make him an incredible influence in the Miami culinary industry and a tremendous asset to Cibo Wine Bar as Executive Chef