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Tony Messina    

Executive Chef and Partner of UNI

Tony Messina is the executive chef and partner of UNI, a contemporary izakaya located in Boston. In 2019, Messina won a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast. He was a semi-finalist in the same category in 2018. His partner at the restaurant, Ken Oringer, was a semi-finalist in the Outstanding Restaurateur category in 2018 and 2019.

Messina grew up in East Boston and began working as a caterer and cook in Boston restaurants when he was fourteen years old. He learned about the restaurant world when he worked as a line cook and head server at Michael Schlow's Alta Strada. In 2009, he attended Cambridge Culinary School.


Boston chef Tony Messina wins a 2019 James Beard Foundation ...
Chef Tony Messina at Uni Sashimi bar in Boston. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe Chef Tony Messina at Uni in Boston. –Josh Reynolds for The Boston ...
Tony Messina of Uni wins James Beard award for Best Chef: Northeast
Tony Messina is a James Beard award winner. The chef of Uni in the Back Bay took home the 2019 Best Chef: Northeast medal at Monday night's ceremony in ...

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