Chef/Owner
BRIAN ACKERMAN

 

Brian has been with Splendido for over a decade, working as a sous chef and then for years as chef-de-cuisine. He purchased the restaurant in the spring of 2016, and as executive chef he is committed to carrying on the restaurant’s pronounced legacy within the Colorado culinary scene. Brian focuses on the highest quality ingredients, with creative yet streamlined preparations so food is always presented in pure and delicious renditions.

Brian doesn’t always have time for leisure reading, but he does enjoy learning about interesting flavor combinations in cookbooks. He enjoys the relaxation and challenge of fly fishing, and he’ll pick up a hockey stick and drop into games occasionally. Most days off, however, are spent sharing activities with his daughter, Scarlet, so singing, dancing, skiing and figure skating mostly full their family plate.

At home, Brian will keep cooking simple with staples like grilled cheese sandwiches (likely the best you’ll ever taste), and to quench his thirst, he’ll reach for a Budweiser when it’s casual, and an Old Fashioned for a more festive occasion.

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Sebastien Schmitt Pastry Chef

Pastry Chef
SEBASTIEN SCHMITT

Originally from France, Sebastien is like the artist of Splendido, crafting the most beautiful flavors, colors and designs to the sweet finale of every meal. Before he began working at Splendido in 2011, Sebastien spent time learning and practicing pastry in France, the Caribbean and in Sydney, Australia.

Sebastien has a very diverse array of hobbies, including painting, motorbiking and boxing. Raise a glass with Sebastien and he will likely be enjoying a Crown and ginger, and he’s often more than happy to indulge in a not-so-fine dining meal of pizza, wings or a burger and fries.

Dining Room & Beverage Director
BRIAN RHODES

Brian moved to Vail to become a ski bum, and he soon found that the restaurant business was the best way to make a living and still get in his shredding time.

Decades later, Brian has helped open three restaurants in the Vail Valley, and has now been with Splendido for over 10 years. He is intuitive and talented in making guests feel right at home — remembering their names, their likes and dislikes, and special details about their lives. Brian has raised the bar of hospitality at Splendido, and he continues to create content diners at every table, every evening.

While Brian still loves to ski in the winter, he loves summers more and more, especially time spent on his mountain bike. Most people assume he’s a wine geek, because he knows a lot about it, but look in his cellar at home to see that he’s got a much more defined whiskey collection than wine.

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Johnny MAROTTA bar manager

Bar Manager
JOHN MAROTTA

Anyone who has bellied-up in Splendido’s bar or piano lounge has likely met Johnny. He’s been at the restaurant for 17 years, and is often the first welcoming smile that will greet you upon every arrival.

When he’s not working, Johnny is planning his next adventure. He says the closer he gets to age 50, the more he wants to travel. He grew up in Springsteen Country, calling himself a “classic rocker,” and if he ever joins you on the other side of the bar, he’ll order a hoppy beer or a Crown and ginger.

Business Development
ALISA STEINBERG

Alisa is a new addition to the Splendido team, although she worked at the restaurant in the late-1990s. Her evolution in the hospitality industry has made her a mastermind at planning, organization and execution of events, a complement to her keen sense of business strategy and development.

With two kids, Alisa says her family loves to travel to the beach every year but also keeps it local exploring the beautiful state of Colorado. On most summer evenings you will find her either mountain biking or gardening in her backyard. Once the snow falls, she spends most weekends on her snowboard trying to keep up with her daughter.

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