Leo DeNicola started his career in the restaurant business as a dishwasher at age 14, and he has not left the business. During high school, he worked as a busboy. Following high school, Leo studied Hotel and Restaurant Management while working as a waiter in the Garden City Hotel’s Polo Lounge Grill.
After college, he became a flight attendant for Warner Communications. He soon was promoted to Manager of Cabin Services, where he planned all of the catering for the airplanes. This position also required full-service pampering to the elite executives, movie stars, and recording stars employed by the company. Specifically, Leo was requested by Steve Ross, Time Warner Communications CEO, to personally service all of his flights. During this time, he honed his culinary skills at the New School in Manhattan, and achieved his chefs training.
While working at Time Warner, he established The Kitchen Catering Corp. Leo built the kitchen from the ground up. Following that, he built Crossroads Bar & Grill. Joining his brothers, Ruvo Restaurant was conceived and built. Soon after, a second Ruvo restaurant was born. His departure from Warner Communications was the birth of La Tavola, again collaborating with his brothers. Upon opening, La Tavola received Newsdays top 10 restaurants of 2008 and has achieved the American Culinary Federation Award of Excellence.
Leo’s experience and knowledge in the field, provides unparalleled expertise for existing and future restaurants.