Mon, 11 June 2018
A seventh generation pasta maker and two time James Beard Nominee, Francesco Buitoni hails from Rome, Italy. Buitoni worked in some of New York's finest kitchens during his come up and even got some front of house work in at Joe Bastianich Otto working as their Sommelier. In 2006, Buitoni, along with wife Michelle Platt, opened Mercato Osteria and Enoteca. 12 years later, they're still going strong.
Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.
BALANCE. My food is balanced, and I like my life to be that way too.
In this episode, we discuss:
Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
Consistency and balance.
What is your biggest weakness?
Not being able to let go. Trusting that someone will do what I do.
What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
I always look for someone who really, really LOVES food.
What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
Letting go. Haha! Hiring the right people to do the job.
Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
We encourage the staff to be themselves and let their personality shine through. We want them to be professional and represent the restaurant well, but we also want them to be themselves, and not scripted.
What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?