CHEF / PARTNER LUIGI FINEO
A native of Puglia, a southern region of Italy, Luigi Fineo’s cuisine transcends guests on a culinary journey through Italy’s majestic mediterranean terrain. As the youngest of five growing up in a small
white-washed cobblestone town of Gioia Del Colle, Luigi was schooled in selecting the finest seasonal ingredients while accompanying his mother to the local markets. As such, at an early age Luigi learned first hand that the kitchen is central to the hearts and minds of all Italian families.
Following his graduation from Casetellana Grotte culinary school in Puglia, Luigi travelled north to the heart of Tuscany where he worked in Michelin starred restaurants alongside acclaimed chefs such as Francesco Berardinelli and Karl Baumgartner.
With no knowledge of the English language, Luigi voyaged to the United States in order to share his passion for traditional Italian cuisine; that which is reminiscent of the social gatherings manifested around kitchen tables throughout Italy today and centuries ago. In 2008, Luigi’s propensity for perfection paid off when he was bestowed with a prestigious Michelin Star award while operating as Executive Chef at La Botte Ristorante in Santa Monica, CA. Luigi earned the restaurant’s first-ever Michelin Star for two consecutive years making him the youngest chef in the country to earn the Michelin Star.
In 2010, a lifelong dream was realized when Luigi was granted the opportunity to join Thomas Keller and his olympian team of culinary masters at the acclaimed The French Laundry. After two years with The French Laundry, Luigi continued his service with the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group as part of the culinary team at Bouchon Beverly Hills.
Luigi next served as Chef de Cuisine at Andrea restaurant at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, CA where he earned the acclaimed Four Stars from Forbes Travel Guide. This experience was followed by serving as executive chef at Rivabella Ristorante where he had the honor of working alongside acclaimed Italian Chef Gino Angelini as Executive Chef of Rivabella Ristorante.
In 2016, Luigi cofounded the Landmarks Restaurant Group and opened Osteria Venice West located in the heart of Venice Beach.The restaurant is reminiscent of a classic Italian kitchen with a menu featuring rustic Italian cuisine and regional wines native to Luigi’s southern Pugliese roots.
In 2018, Landmarks Restaurant Group opened Luigi Al Teatro, an upscale Italian seafood restaurant. Located in a 100-year-old historic Santa Monica building, the menu features contemporary seafood dishes reminiscent of southern Italy’s coastal cuisine.