THE GOOD LIFE
John Meadow is the founder of LDV Hospitality. Focused on concept and business development, John drives the creative process for the company, envisioning restaurants and bringing them to life, as well as forging new partnerships with celebrity chefs & hotel developers alike.
Prior to creating LDV, John began his career as a manager at the Oak Room and then Beverage Director at New York City’s Plaza Hotel. John is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and remains an active alumni. John currently lives in New York City with his wife Karin & their two daughters.
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.’
In Spring 2012, nightlife veteran Amy Sacco partnered with LDV Hospitality. She developed the No. 8 brand and LDV launched the first location of No. 8 in the Meatpacking District. Prior to partnering with LDV, Sacco’s success in the nightlife / restaurant industry is most noted in two of Manhattan’s famed hotspots: Lot 61, New York’s first-ever venue with site-specific art and Bungalow 8, a New York take on Sunset Boulevard glamour which later expanded to London, Toronto and Amsterdam. Sacco’s A-list clientele includes Bono, Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana and Clive Owen, to name a few.
Richard Gregory has extensive experience with restaurant finances. For over 25 years, he has served the financial reporting and accounting needs of New York City’s well-known Restaurant Groups including Main Street Restaurant Partners, where he served as Chief Financial Officer for their restaurant division and Partnered in a startup Financial Management firm for five years, and the Tony May Group. Richard entered the restaurant industry as a co-owner of the French/American restaurant Argenteuil with his father, and received his degree in business finance from Jacksonville University.
In 2012, Chef and restaurant owner Marc Forgione partnered with LDV Hospitality to launch American Cut. His distinct, award winning culinary talent earned him a Michelin star for three consecutive years for his NYC flagship, Marc Forgione. The son of American culinary legend Larry Forgione, Marc established his unique culinary style for new-age American cuisine while working with international powerhouses including Laurent Tourondel of BLT and Michael Guérard of Eugenie les Bains. In 2010, Forgione earned the coveted Iron Chef Title by winning the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef competition.
2004 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Award Winner Dave Pasternack has teamed up with LDV Hospitality to create Barchetta. Pasternack received the award for Esca, the New York City-based partnership with Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich. A chef of the highest integrity, his approach to food is deceptively complex in its simplicity. Dave’s cookbook, The Young Man & The Sea is a testament to this philosophy with many of the recipes consisting of only three or four ingredients. Dave has been featured in The New Yorker, Vogue, Gourmet, Esquire, The New York Times, GQ and many other publications.
Scott Conant brings a deft touch and unwavering passion to creating food that is unexpected and soulful. Conant partnered with LDV Hospitality in 2007 to launch Scott Conant Management and open his premiere restaurant, Scarpetta, in New York City. The flagship Scarpetta received, amongst many accolades, a three-star review from The New York Times and a nomination for Best New Restaurant in the country from the James Beard Foundation in 2009. Conant has published two cookbooks, New Italian Cooking and Bold Italian and is currently the host of “24 Hour Restaurant Battle” on the Food Network.
Nice native Alain Allegretti’s brings a distinct Mediterranean-style approach to cooking, paired with a formal pedigree in French cuisine to the New York culinary scene. In March 2011, Allegretti partnered with LDV Hospitality to launch Allegretti Management & opened Azure by Allegretti at Revel Resort in 2012.
Prior to joining LDV, Allegretti studied under Alain Ducasse at his three-Michelin star restaurant Louis XV in Monte Carlo and thereafter earned two, three-star reviews from The New York Times: first at the illustrious Le Cirque and then at the esteemed New York Ritz-Carlton’s Atelier.
John Baldino is the Director of Human Resources for LDV. He founded Humareso to strategize with companies to develop plans to manage talent, recruit for skills gaps based on employee inventories, assess markets for growth, develop long-range succession plans and influence a culture of enthusiastic buy-in. John is able to look to the bottom line performance indicators and guides the clients to make corrective adjustments that promote profit and health. John has been involved in start-ups, mergers & acquisitions and expansion. He is involved with SHRM and facilitates HRCI certification programs for other human resources professionals.
Paolo Dorigato hails from a prominent culinary background developed in kitchens across Italy and the United States. His cooking style pairs cultural influence from his hometown of Trento, Italy, a city close to Milan, with the guidance culled from famed chefs including Alain Allegretti.
Dorigato’s career, in both Italy and New York City, stretches from helming the kitchen of legendary restaurants including Michelin star Le Cirque and Osteria del Circo. Before joining LDV Hospitality, Dorigato was the executive chef of the iconic restaurant, The Rainbow Room from 2007 – 2009, followed by the legendary Cipriani Wall Street, where he served as executive chef from 2009 to 2012.
In January 2012, Dorigato joined LDV Hospitality as the executive chef of Azure at Revel Resorts in Atlantic City, where his regional style of Italian cooking attributed to Azure being named as one of New Jersey Monthly’s ‘2012 Best Restaurants.’ From there, he took the helm at LDV’s newest concept, Dolce Italian, which opened in January 2013 and has received rave reviews for its rustic Italian cuisine.
Ashley Noor joined LDV as the Director of Marketing & Events with the initiative to identify global branding opportunities for all existing LDV brands and connect them within the marketplace. Ashley oversees all aspects of the events and marketing department, including strategic partnerships, internal/external events, graphic design and digital/social marketing. Ashley came to LDV from Eventage, where for 6 years she worked as a Senior Producer on developing creative concepts and managed logistics/onsite execution for some of the world’s largest brands. Ashley is a graduate from The University of Vermont’s School of Consumer Relations and Communication.
Qualified by thirteen years of visible achievements in the food service/hospitality industry, Ian Medwin has developed and opened 21 restaurants in less than a 10 year period and has recently joined LDV as the Director of Service to support all new openings starting with Barchetta, New York. Ian is contrived by consistently generating best efforts from staff and management with a strong skill in business, management consulting, restaurant design and space planning. His past experience includes work at The Mark by Jean-Georges, BLT Steak and Restaurant Daniel.
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.
With over 10 years of branding, marketing and event experience, Bobby Rossi is one of New York City’s most trusted nightlife impresarios. In 2011, Rossi partnered with LDV Hospitality as a principal in its emerging nightlife division and managing partner of their new venues; No.8, Rec Room & The Regent Cocktail Club.
Rossi is a Penn State graduate, whose experience, partnerships and global brand consulting has led to the development of both Rossi Marketing Group and Headlines & Heroes.
Dean is the Director of Hospitality, having joined the team at the birth of LDV in 2008 to open Scarpetta restaurants across the country. Dean went on to successfully open and operate all of the other restaurants in the LDV family, including American Cut with Marc Forgione in both Atlantic City and the Tribeca Flagship, Azure by Allegretti, Lugo Cucina and Dolce Italian in Miami. The customer experience and energy at each of our restaurants is greatly influenced by the contribution of Dean’s passion and presence. Despite a degree in International Business and Marketing from Hofstra University, he attributes and honors all of his knowledge and experience to growing up alongside his father who was a successful restaurateur in Long Island, New York.