Paul Cafaro rounds out a stellar kitchen crew at Stanza. With deep roots in New Orleans from Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse to Muriel’s Jackson Square, he fine tunes each plate before it reaches the dining room, ensuring each bite is delicious and mouthwatering. He cooked in Florida kitchens of Catches Waterfront Grille, Panera and Johnny Carino’s Italian, honing his culinary skills. A graduate of the University of Tampa with studies in English and writing, he takes his passion direct to plate.
Michael’s love of people shines through in all he does. He’s a seasoned manager with profound expertise in creating stellar customer experiences through training, teamwork and his sharp attention to detail. He’s well versed in what makes a celebration, banquet or business meal really rise above expectations.
From his first job in a pizza parlor to working with world-class restaurateurs at the Kimpton Group’s Bambara, he’s been in love with the food and beverage industry forever and continually hones his craft through research and practice. He loves learning all about new preparation techniques, new wineries and distilleries and shares his knowledge and love of all things culinary with his staff through regular training.
His favorite dish on the menu is the duck breast with grilled corn and ricotta ravioli, and linguine all’aragosta e gamberetti.