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 their first restaurant in Washington DC. Goldoni in 1995 was 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.
Chef Aielli launched Barbatella in 2012, 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. In 2015, Sea Salt St Pete opened in downtown St Petersburg featuring the same fresh ingredients and menu popular at their Naples’ location.
After establishing Sea Salt and Barbatella in the culinary landscape of Naples, Chef Aielli opened Dorona in 2018. This modern Italian Steakhouse features the finest custom cuts of beef available from select farms and also gives the dining experience an Italian touch through signature dishes and ingredients from the his homeland.
Chef Aielli's latest addition to his restaurant group is Grappino which openend in December of 2019. Chef Aielli's Venetian roots inspired the menu and wide array of Grappa.
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.
Owner, Restauranteur & Philanthropist
As co-owner with her husband Chef Fabrizio Aielli, Ingrid Aielli is responsible for business operations and marketing. Ingrid is the force behind the corporate brand, and her philanthropic involvement has given the Aielli Group a solid reputation as a strong supporter of the community and many local charities. She has been recognized by several organizations for her outstanding involvement including major local publications like Naples Illustrated, Gulfshore Life Magazine and Gulfshore Business.
Born in Bratislava Slovakia, Ingrid and Chef Fabrizio (Venice, Italy) moved to Washington, D.C. in the 1990s. There they honed their culinary and management skills and established three highly acclaimed restaurants that were known for fine cuisine and stellar guest experiences. Their restaurants were frequently 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 move. The success of their first Naples’ restaurant, Sea Salt, encouraged them to expand and resulted in the addition of Barbatella, Dorona, Grappino and Sea Salt St. Pete.
Ingrid’s management skills and social acumen are a major key to the success of the Aielli Group. Ingrid oversees her management team and restaurant operations along with her more public role as an active member of the Naples philanthropic community.
Her philanthropic engagements include board memberships on various charities like Youth Haven as well as organizing charity events which have benefited over 50 charities and organizations including the American Cancer Society, David Lawrence Center, Naples Women’s Club, Naples Children's Education Foundation, Make A Wish Foundation South Florida, Naples Botanical Gardens, Naples Wine Festival, Honor Flight, The Shelter for Abused Women and Children Naples, Humane Society of Naples, Youth Haven and many more. The Aielli Group restaurants are constantly donating auction items to the various charity events, including the prestigious Naples Winter & Wine Festival. In the past decade, the Aielli Group’s auction items helped to collect over $1million in donations, all benefiting the children in Collier County.
Accolades and Honors:
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)
2019 Champions (Champions of learning)
2019 Honoree of the United Arts Council
2021 Naples First Ladies of Food by Naples illustrated
2022 Women in Business 2022 by Gulfshore Business Magazine
2022 Business Hall of Fame inductee by Junior Achievement of SWFL
Current Board Member Activities:
- Co-Chair of the Nane Kimijan Memorial Scholarship Fund (in memory of her late brother)
- Board Member and Vice Conseiller Culinary of La Chaine des Rotisseurs
- Board Member of Gulfshore Life Magazine
- Board Member of Youth Haven
Ingrid and Fabrizio’s partnership and philanthropic endeavors in Southwest Florida are important to them. The hundreds of jobs they create along with their unwavering support of many charitable organizations demonstrate their commitment to the community.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer of the Aielli Group, Lili handles the administrative & financials for the company. Born and raised in Naples, Lili received her degree from Florida Atlantic University and settled back in Naples. She partnered with Fabrizio and Ingrid Aielli to open Sea Salt in 2008.
Lili is active in many organizations and charities in the Naples area. Currently, she is president of the Training Kids Foundation and co-chair of the Nane Kimijan Scholarship Fund. She was recognized as one of Naples Illustrated's "Leading Ladies" in 2013 and a Glass Slipper recipient from Champions of Learning in 2019.
As Corporate Chef, Chef Jason Goddard oversees the Aielli Group's culinary teams at Sea Salt, Barbatella, Dorona and Grappino in Naples and Sea Salt in St. Pete. His talent and leadership have helped the restaurants to become an integral part of the vibrant culinary scene in Southwest Florida, with many awards to its credit.
Chef Jason grew up on a small sustainable farm in Iowa which grew produce for the family table and local farmers’ markets. At an early age, he cooked alongside local chefs and butchers before embarking on a professional career. He fine-tuned his craft working for caterers, high-volume restaurants, and organic cafes. After years of real-world experience, he joined the opening team at Sea Salt. Under the guidance of Chef Fabrizio Aielli, his creative talents have been nurtured and have led to his current position working alongside his mentor.