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Together We Are Cucina Venti

With a passion for the culinary arts and Italian food, our dedicated staff is the heartbeat of Cucina Venti. Always looking for ways to exceed our guest's expectations, our seasoned team members carry years of experience, industry knowledge, and a love for good food. This is evident in our authentic modern Italian cuisine Near Palo Alto. Meet our staff and see how we transform our passion for great food to your plate, with dishes inspired by authentic Italian traditions.

Bella Awdisho
Bella AwdishoProprietor

Bella Awdisho gained a passion for culinary arts while traveling through Spain, France, and Italy which led to learning more about authentic Italian cuisine. 

 

Upon her return to the states, Bella brought a newfound knowledge and appreciation for quality food and cooking in which she then transferred to three new restaurants in California. 

 

She handcrafted three different menus and envisioned them to be titled Cucina Venti, inspired by authentic Italian cuisine. Cucina Venti brings the warmth and charm of Italy to the Bay Area.

Antonio Zomaro
Antonio ZomaroExecutive Chef

Executive chef Antonio Zomaro is trained in classic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. He incorporates Italian, French and Spanish influences into every dish and prepares food using the freshest, seasonal ingredients found locally. 

 

Antonio's passion for cooking developed at a young age, as his family tended a garden and raised livestock. As he matured, family recipes passed down quickly became the passion of his life. This immersion created a foundation on which his tireless discipline led him to train with the some of the most respected chefs in California.

 

At Cucina Venti, Chef Zomaro produces nothing but the highest quality dishes. Though admired as a chef for his versatility and cross-cultural understanding of cuisine, he has chosen to focus on the root of his passion; Italian cuisine.

Christine Schoonover Ramirez
Christine Schoonover RamirezGeneral Manager, Event Manager

With an extensive career in upper-management and event coordination, Christine developed an approach to planning that is far beyond comprehensive. Her adaptive style, from conception to execution, ensures tailored events with ultimate ease.

 

She strives to facilitate each client's unique vision and her continued excellence from restaurant environments to the private sector is evidence of her success.

 

With the luxury of Voya as the template for future events and Christine at the helm, there are boundless possibilities.

Tayler Nixt
Tayler NixtBeverage Director
Tayler Nixt is an experienced Bartender with a demonstrated history of working well-renowned restaurants in the Bay Area for over almost a decade.
 
Skilled in Food & Beverage, Restaurant Management, Customer Service, Menu Development, and Cocktails, Tayler truly enjoys educating guests and helping them explore new and exciting flavor combinations.
 
He brings a traditional approach fused with innovative recipes blending the old with the new for a continually refreshed seasonal menu that pairs perfectly with authentic Italian cuisine.
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