From the day that Chef Jamie Mammano opened the doors to Mistral in 1997, his biggest culinary venture yet was destined to become a legend of the Boston dining scene. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Mammano established a reputation for himself amongst the country’s most highly-regarded chefs during stints at The Jockey Club and Le Pavillion Restaurant in Washington D.C., as the chef for the United States Ambassador to Spain, and 10 years spent in the kitchens of the Four Seasons Hotel Company, where he honed his culinary skills at the company’s Washington D.C., Seattle, Chicago and Boston properties. While serving as Executive Chef for the Four Seasons Hotel Boston, Jamie single-handedly catapulted its dining room, Aujourd’hui, to the #1 ranking in the Zagat Survey of Boston Restaurants in 1995, and, soon after, readers of Boston Magazine chose Aujourd’hui as the #1 restaurant in Boston and Condé Nast Traveler named it the #4 restaurant in the country.
Seeking the next big challenge, Jamie left the Four Seasons, and along with partners Paul Roiff and Seth Greenberg, created the concept for Mistral, a French/Mediterranean bistro in Boston’s South End. Through crafting the menu, hiring the staff, handpicking the tableware, choosing the décor and designing the kitchen, Jamie was able to give life to the restaurant he had always dreamed of – a restaurant Boston diners couldn’t wait to frequent. Since then, Mammano and Mistral have consistently delivered excellent food, exceptional service, and garnered numerous accolades including Top 25 New Restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine, Sexiest Bar by Food & Wine, and four Best of Boston awards from Boston Magazine. Mammano has appeared on NBC’s Today Show as well as CNN’s On the Menu. In June 1999, Nation’s Restaurant News named Mistral as one of 5 Hottest Restaurants in Boston and in July of the same year, Mammano was invited to be a guest chef at the famed James Beard House.
Realizing he had a winning combination of talents, Mammano embarked on his second restaurant venture with Mistral partner Paul Roiff in January 2003 with the opening of Teatro, a stylish yet casual Italian-influenced bistro. With Teatro, Mammano has created a comfortable dining spot in Boston’s trendy Ladder District, where diners enjoy inspired Italian food and drinks, an open kitchen and playful design.
In November of 2005, the duo followed up their success when Roiff made Mammano a partner in The Federalist, now Mooo…. a modern steakhouse inside the XV Beacon Hotel. Then, the pair opened Sorellina, in January 2006. Offering a menu of regional Italian-Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist, a unique wine list focusing on hidden Italian gems, upbeat and sophisticated service, and a warm, contemporary design enhanced by the glow of a back wall mural and floor-to-ceiling windows, Sorellina is truly a feast for the senses. Mammano branched out into the suburns, opening L’Andana in Burlington, Massachusetts. In the fall of 2103, he opened the seafood-focused Ostra on the edge of the Theater District.