FABRIZIO AIELLI, CHEF OWNER
Fabrizio was born in the heart of the Adriatic coast of Venice, Italy where he began his culinary career. Growing up in Venice, Chef Aielli nurtured a fascination for cooking at his mother's stove. After working in Venice, he moved away to gain experience in some of the best restaurants and hotels around the world. He eventually returned home to become executive chef of the renowned Taverna la Fenice next to Venice's opera house. His years of practice included fine restaurants in Italy, the Caribbean and Washington, DC.
In 1995, Chef Aielli and his wife Ingrid opened the fifirst of their restaurants, Goldoni in 1995 followed by Osteria Goldoni in 1998, and finally Teatro Goldoni in 1999. The latter was acclaimed as one of the best new restaurants in the country by Esquire magazine; and Gourmet magazine named Teatro Goldoni as one of the top twenty restaurants in Washington DC. Teatro Goldoni also was recognized by the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, and Food & Wine Magazine. Teatro Goldoni was a recipient of the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award and Diroma Award.
In 2007 Fabrizio and Ingrid moved permanently to Naples seeking a location for their next restaurant. Sea Salt opened in November of 2008 to high praise including Esquire Magazine's Best New Restaurant.
In 2012 Chef Aielli launched Barbatella, a Spirited Italian Trattoria just steps away from Sea Salt on picturesque Third Street South. The popular trattoria highlights Chef Fabrizio's favorite classic Italian dishes.After establishing Sea Salt and Barbatella in the culinary landscape of Naples, the Aielli Group decided to open Dorona in 2018. This modern Italian Steakhouse not only features the finest custom cuts of beef available from select farms but also gives the dining experience an Italian touch through signature dishes and ingredients from the Aielli's homeland. The Culinary & Hospitality Education Foundation announced Chef Fabrizio as honoree of the year 2018 for his "Venetian World" cuisine representing an imaginative combination of centuries of tradition coupled with current international influences.
INGRID AIELLI, OWNER/Restauranteur/Philanthropist
Born in Bratislava Slovakia, Ingrid and her husband Chef Fabrizio Aielli (Venice Italy) moved to Washington, D.C. in the 1990s. In Washington they honed their culinary and management skills and established three highly acclaimed restaurants that were known for their fine cuisine. In Washington they worked as a team establishing a stellar reputation and their restaurants were patronized by political, diplomatic and celebrity clients from around the world.
In 2008 after visiting Naples several times they determined that the vibrant and popular community was a prime location for their next career move. The success of their first Naple's restaurant, Sea Salt, encouraged them to expand and the restaurant group now includes Sea Salt Naples, Sea Salt St. Pete, Barbatella and Dorona.
Ingrid and Fabrizio are partners of this growing enterprise. Ingrid Aiellis management skills and social acumen are one of the major keys to the success of the Aielli Group. Ingrid manages staff and restaurant operations along with her more public role as an active generous member of the Naples philanthropic community.
Her activities include:
Co-chair the Nane Kimijan Memorial Scholarship Fund (in memory of her late brother)
Board member and Vice Conseiller Culinary of La Chaine des Rotisseurs (oldest and largest food and wine society in the world)
2001 Women of the Year Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (DC)
2011 Glass Slipper Recipient by Champions of Learning
2016 Leading Lady (Naples Illustrated)
2016 Woman of the Year (Gulfshore Life)