Katie is originally from Wickford, Rhode Island. Growing up a true Rhode Islander, she loved the ocean and didn’t like to venture too far from home. It wasn’t until she braved moving 3000 miles away to Italy where she found her second home.
Katie has always been inspired by hospitality and anything culinary. She grew up with a Mediterranean background, and was introduced at an early age to “not your average kid-food.” After graduating from Suffolk University, she went to culinary school in Italy where she lived for close to two years. After returning home, she jumped right back into restaurants and worked for Newport Restaurant Group for seven years.
After her time with Newport Restaurant Group, she worked for Maria Chiancola at Newport Wine Cellar and Gourmet who inspired Katie to learn more about wine and became her mentor. Before finding her way to Giusto, Katie worked for Pasquale’s, a restaurant that is near and dear to her heart, as it further taught her how to run a restaurant with soul and thoughtfulness.
Katie is someone who likes to do all the things, but when she’s not at Giusto, you can find her reading one of the millions of cookbooks she has, planning dinner at home (she loves to chef it up for her loved ones), or gardening in the summer. She loves writing and cookbooks so much that during her time in culinary school she co-wrote a cookbook.