Rocky Cirino is a Managing Director at the Altamarea Group, with management responsibility for Ai Fiori, Marea, Ristorante Morini, Osteria Morini Soho, Nicoletta and Vaucluse. Prior to his expanded responsibilies in fine dining, Rocky initially served with Altamarea Group as the General Manager at Marea in charge of creating the special ambiance and excellent service that accompanies Chef White’s coastal Italian cuisine.
Rocky learned hospitality management at Le Cordon Bleu. He commenced his career at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, AZ, where he worked as a Room Service Manager and later transferred to open the Four Seasons in San Francisco. Thereafter, he first worked with Chef Gary Danko at his eponymous restaurant, Gary Danko. In 2004, Rocky moved to New York to work with Chef Daniel Boulud at his highly acclaimed restaurant, Daniel. After three years at Daniel, he moved on and up to become the Maitre’d at Cru. From there, Rocky was recruited by the Altamarea Group to join the opening team at Marea to create a dining experience that combines seamless service, superb cuisine, an award‐winning wine program.
Under Rocky’s direction and deep commitment to the highest standards of service, Marea achieved the 2010 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in the United States, as well as countless other accolades, including three stars from The New York Times, and one Michelin star.