Best described as a charismatic people person, Valerio was introduced to the food industry at his grandparents’ coffee bar and restaurant in Rome when he was eight. By age 14, his sights were set on attending hotellerie school and pursuing a career providing unforgettable service for patrons. During his global career, Valerio has been associated with exclusive restaurants and hotels around the world. With a keen eye for elegant service and a natural focus on European fine dining experiences, Valerio has an impressive resume with Michelin star restaurants in Spain, France, England and Italy; La Pergola in Rome (3 stars), Maître d’ at Alain Ducasse Group in Paris (3 stars), Maître d’ at Locanda Locatelli in London (1 star); Maître d’ at Majestic Ristorante Bistrot at Hotel Majestic Roma, a five-star luxury hotel in Rome; and most recently as Food and Beverage Manager and Sommelier at Four Seasons in Houston. While serving patrons in the front of the house, Valerio also worked with acclaimed chefs such as Italian chef Gualtiero Marches, considered to be the founder of modern Italian cuisine, and Catalan Spanish chef Ferran Adrià, considered one of the best chefs in the world. As La Table’s Maître d’ and now Director of Service, Valerio is passionate about the art of elegant service and creating memories for loyal patrons and new guests alike.
Under Valerio’s Leadership, La Table has won multiple awards where service was a significant differentiator. This includes: 3 stars by Houston Chronichle Alison Cook, Best New Restaurant by Houstonia Magazines, and Best Service in Houston by Houston Press.
Tuna Nicoise or the Avocado Salad
La Table is my favorite restaurant in Houston. Tiny Boxwoods and Coltivare are my second choices.
For the view my favorite is Grotta Palazzese in Polignano a Mare For Roman food, "Roscioli" in Rome For fine dining, Le Louis XV - Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris in Monte-Carlo and Ciccio Sultano in Sicily