Chef Bruno Amato – Curriculum Vitae


Award-winning, executive chef, specializing in authentic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, including operations, scheduling, staffing, inspection, sanitation, instruction, menu pricing, plating, presentation, as well as general management as needed.

Italian Executive Chef Bruno Amato Houston TX


Executive Chef | Riva Steak & Seafood, Omaha NE 2017-Present

The Riva Steak & Seafood Restaurant is an integral part of Ameristar’s Pinnacle Entertainment Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs, IA. Duties include daily kitchen operations, menu development, inventory, quality assurance, and interaction with the customers.

Executive Chef | Enoteca Rossa, Houston , TX 2016 – 2017Italian Chef Enoteca Rossa Bruno Amato

Executive Chef for an upscale Italian restaurant in the high-profile Bellaire community, responsibilities include menu update and daily specials.

Chef de Cuisine | Pechanga Resort & Casino – Temecula, CA 2014 – 2016Italian Chef Bruno Pechanga Resort Casino

Head Chef of the popular Paisano’s Italian Restaurant at Pechange Resort & Casino, including specialization in authentic seafood and sauce pairings, as well as traditional arancini de riso, lobster ravioli, and a wide variety of pizzas.

Chef, Manager | Il Fornaio – Las Vegas , NV & Sacramento, CA 2006 – 2014Il Fornaio Italian Chef Bruno

Supervise kitchen operations, ordering, staffing, scheduling, and other related tasks for national chain.

Executive Chef Mauricio Mazzon, at the Venetian Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, and later at the Wells Fargo Center, Sacramento, CA.


Culinary School of Vibo Valentia, Italy (1987)Italian Culinary Institute ICI

Culinary Arts Diploma


Food Handler Manager Certification Nov 2016 – Nov 2022


Top Chef Sacramento Competition Winner (2014)

Winner of local Top Chef competition, representing Il Fornaio. Best Italian Restaurant, La Jolla California (2005) Head Chef of Sante Restaurant, La Jolla, CA – awarded best Italian restaurant in 2005.


Featured Interview – SoCal Restaurant Show (Podcast) Featured guest on the SoCal Restaurant Show, Episode 161, Feb. 27, 2016: Chef Bruno Amato, Paisano’s Italian Restaurant, Pechanga Resort & Casino.

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