Maiella, a casually elegant restaurant located in the picturesque waterfront section of Long Island City, New York, serves authentic Italian dishes with a modern flare and the freshest ingredients. Maiella sits at the base of the iconic Pepsi sign in Gantry State Park, and features spectacular city views. Designed by a leading New York City Architecture firm, Bluarch, the rustic space features seating for up to 180 guests inside and almost 100 guests in the outdoor terrace facing Manhattan and Gantry State Park.
Chef Solinas's culinary journey to America began in the rustic town of Alghero, Sardinia. He studied at the Culinary Professional Institute of Hotel and Restaurant Management and spent his summers working at 5-star restaurants such as Hotel Corte Rosada and Baia di Conte. Upon graduating, he joined Princess Cruises Lines, sailing to Alaska, Australia, Europe, India and the Caribbean. One fateful morning approaching port on the Hudson River, Chef Solinas knew he had found his home. Once in New York, he started working at Giovanni 25, where he honed his skills as chef de cuisine and learned the inner workings of the New York restaurant scene. He later joined the staff of Baraonda Restaurant as Executive Chef. Four years later, he opened his own restaurant, Osteria del Sole, in a quiet section of Greenwich Village as a tribute to his homeland island of Sardinia.
Chef Solinas treats food as a celebration, singing the praises of fresh ingredients, simply prepared, blending only the best Italian ingredients with his favorite cooking style—"a la minute”—and attributes the intensely flavored, enchanting, succulent dishes he prepares to the rich culinary tradition of his ancestors. Chef Solinas currently serves as Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef of Maiella LIC and American Brass LIC and is Vice President of AICNY.
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