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Paul Bartolotta        

Paul Bartolotta serves as Culinary Partner of The Bartolotta Restaurant Group. Paul brings over 20 years of culinary experience to offer his vision, culinary expertise and strengths in new business development to The Bartolotta Restaurant Group. This partnership was formed in collaboration with his brother Joe, the co-owner of The Bartolotta Restaurant Group. They fused their vision to open their first restaurant, Ristorante Bartolotta, for a casual yet authentic Italian cucina in 1993. Today, The Bartolotta Restaurant Group owns and operates 4 award-winning Milwaukee based restaurants as well as The Bartolotta Catering Company which operates out of Boerner Botanical Gardens, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, and The Grain Exchange.Paul was Executive Chef/Managing Partner of Spiaggia, located in Chicago, from 1991 to 2000. Paul developed his culinary artistry in some of Europes most distinguished restaurants. Winner of the coveted James Beard Best Midwest Chef Award in 1994, Bartolotta directed Spiaggia to every major national fine dining award. The honors include a Four Diamond Rating from the American Automobile Association, the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Award and numerous Critics Choice Awards from Chicago Magazine. Spiaggia has been honored with the prestigious Insegna del Ristorante Italiano del Mondo, presented to Chef Bartolotta by the President of Italy, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, in May of 1997. Spiaggia received the unprecedented and coveted four-star rating from both The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. No other Italian Chef has been awarded four-stars in any major market in the United States.

In 1980, Paul graduated from the Restaurant and Hotel Management Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College. His cultural education began with New York restaurateur, Tony May, owner at the time of the Rainbow Room and founder of Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani, the international food society devoted to maintaining the traditions and standards of classical Italian colleagues. Initially instituted as a six-month tour of duty for Paul, this stint evolved into a seven-year education of the highest order. Working in some of the countrys most prestigious restaurants, the aspiring Chef studied all phases of managing a first class restaurant.

Paul latest venture is Bartolottas Ristorante di Mare, which is located in the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. This world-class restaurant serves fresh seafood, flown in daily from Italy. With a stellar wine list and high reviews from national press, Paul has created a piece of Italy in the desert.


Paul Bartolotta's Italian Empire
Chef Paul Bartolotta is a man known around the world as a master Italian culinary genius. Bartolotta is often singled out for his big personality, fresh fish cooked to perfection, and his signature drizzle of olive oil.
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