The mission of LDV is to channel our passion for genuine hospitality into creating charming restaurant and bar experiences. Through our F&B offerings, we bring La Dolce Vita, "The Good Life," to our guests by curating an ambiance of effortless elegance. These experiences elevate and define a true sense of place for our hotel partners. We achieve this with our team of extraordinary people, culinary integrity, and excellence in service.
John Meadow is the founder and president of LDV Hospitality. Focused on concept and business development, John drives the creative process for LDV, envisioning and creating new concepts as well as forging business partnerships with hoteliers, developers, and celebrated chefs alike. John began his career in the hospitality industry immediately after graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, as manager at The Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room. In 2008, John sought out to create something of his own and opened Scarpetta to critical acclaim in New York City’s then emerging Meatpacking District. With Scarpetta’s enormous success, he went on to launch LDV Hospitality, (more…)
Antonello Paganuzzi is the Director of Operations of LDV Hospitality and Partner of SCM Hospitality. Paganuzzi brings to LDV a keen insight into the hospitality industry, acquired over the years from leadership positions at some of the most impressive fine dining establishments in New York and Las Vegas, including Le Cirque, Osteria del Circo, and Prime. Paganuzzi served as Wynn Las Vegas Director of Fine Dining and in 2008 joined Chef Scott Conant for the opening of Scarpetta, which received a three-star review from New York Magazine, a James Beard nomination for ‘Best New Restaurant.’
Lou’s leadership experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry has included varied senior management roles for Patina Restaurant Group, Uno Restaurants, Lessing’s Hospitality and Restaurant Associates. He has extensive experience with high volume single unit and multi-unit chain restaurant, catering and hotels, under both expanding and difficult operating and financial conditions. Over Lou’s 30-year career, his responsibilities have included Operations, Real Estate, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Franchising, Purchasing, Finance and Acquisitions. As an entrepreneur, for 19 years Lou owned and operated the historic Three Village Inn, a circa 1751 landmark, and launched the turnaround, remodeling and expansion of this waterfront property into a “3 star” 450 seat Contemporary American fine dining, catering and 30 room hotel.
Ashley joined LDV in 2013, and has since built a multi-facet Marketing and Events department. As the VP of Brand Marketing, Ashley oversees all aspects of both LDV’s national brand marketing objectives as well as each of the restaurant’s market planning, strategy, social media, digital marketing, brand communications, public relations and partnerships, in addition to taking an advisory role on all hotel partner marketing and strategy. Having opened all of LDV’s properties from 2013 on, Ashley continues to focus on future planning and large scale partnerships. In addition to Marketing & Events, Ashley has led the team to creating a fully integrated CRM platform, being the first in the hospitality industry to work with SevenRooms for restaurant usage. Prior to joining LDV, Ashley started in events and marketing at an award-winning agency where she led concept creation and event logistics for some of the world’s largest brands. Ashley worked in restaurants from age 14 through college, and decided to go back to the industry in a different capacity due to her passion for hospitality driven events. She holds a BA from University of Vermont in Consumer, Communications and Marketing.
Paolo Dorigato hails from a prominent culinary background. His cooking style pairs cultural influence from his hometown of Trento, Italy, with 23 years of experience spent in kitchens across Porto Cervo, Florence and Siena, Italy, as well as notable culinary destinations including London, New York, Miami and Las Vegas. Before joining LDV Hospitality, Dorigato served as executive chef of the highly acclaimed The Rainbow Room from 2004 through 2009, followed by the legendary Cipriani Wall Street, where he served as executive chef from 2009 to 2012. Dorigato has also served at the helm of various Michelin-starred restaurants, including Barbaluc (New York), Daphne’s (London) and 116 The Restaurant (London), as well as the legendary Le Cirque (New York). (more…)
As the SVP of Brand Development, Sara works closely with John Meadow to seek and evaluate potential site locations, placement and positioning for LDV brands. She also serves as the design and front of house construction project manager as the company continues to expand. Prior to joining LDV in 2015, Sara worked in kitchens and dining rooms throughout New York City, including for Jean-Georges Management and Batali & Bastianich Hospitality. She holds a BA in Literature and American Studies from Wesleyan University, an Associate degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America, and a Masters from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration.
As Director of Hospitality, Bryan works closely with the LDV team to cultivate and strengthen relationships with guests, partners, and anyone else who may walk through LDV’s doors. A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Bryan has applied his passion for warm hospitality and exceptional service to the operations of several prominent fine dining restaurants and nightclubs in New York and Las Vegas including, Craft, Botero Steakhouse, and Santina, a two-star New York Times restaurant and Bon Appétit ‘Best New Restaurant’ nominee. Bryan’s style and approach to hospitality are simple: make each experience memorable, every time, for every guest, no exceptions. (more…)
Gennaro Oliva is the Managing Partner of LDV Imports. Prior to co-founding LDV Imports, Gennaro served as Director of Sales in New York for more than seven years at one of North America’s leading Italian espresso companies based out of Rome. During his tenure, Gennaro helped to grow the brand by establishing over 400 accounts at some the most prestigious restaurants in New York City. He graduated from Pace University majoring in International Marketing and is fluent in Italian, English, Spanish and French.
Originally from Queretaro, Mexico, Jorge grew up in his parent’s kitchen and was influenced by their passion for cooking. His mother brought flavor and tradition to the kitchen, while his father was the creative one, and Jorge inherited both of their qualities. In 2000, Jorge moved to New York to pursue his passion for cooking. He started out as a butcher at Monkey Bar, and then moved on to work with Chef David Walzog at Tapika as a line cook for almost 3 years. Chef David was a mentor for Jorge, who introduced him to technique in the kitchen and taught him a lot of cooking secrets. Although Jorge was a full-time employee at Tapika, he also had several part-time jobs in order to get as much experience and exposure in the kitchen as possible. Jorge’s passion and interest in Italian cuisine led him to Scott Conant and opening L'imperó in 2003. (more…)