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Support Stags in the Restaurant Industry!

DeMatha Alums in the Restaurant Business

It goes without saying that the restaurant industry has been devastated by the pandemic. Recently, one of our 'DM Zoom Hour' events featured three Stags in the restaurant industry (see above). We would like to put a list together of any Stag or DeMatha related person in the restaurant business. Our goal is to share the list with the DM community and encourage patronage in what is sure to be a most trying winter. If you are an alum, or know of an alum, who is in the restaurant industry and would like to be included on this list, please email Ben Fleri '11 at bfleri@dematha.org.


'Joe Benny's Focacceria':

  • Owner and Chef- Joseph Gardella
  • DeMatha Class of '96
  • Specializes in "Focaccia"- Sicilian style pizza and is famous for "The Best Balls on the Block-" in reference to his ever popular meatballs
  • Address: 313 South High St. Baltimore, MD 21202 (Little Italy)
  • Contact Info: 443.835.4866 or (e) info@joebennys.com

'Cinder BBQ':

  • Owner and partner is Matt Krimm
  • DeMatha Class of '88
  • It is a smokehouse/whiskey bar- focuses on high quality bbq
  • Address: 800 Upshur St. NW, Washington, DC 20011
  • Contact Info: 202.450.6795 or (e) info@cinderbbq.com

'DCity Smokehouse':

  • Owner and restaurateur is Melvin Hines, Jr.
  • DeMatha Class of '89
  • It is a smokehouse that specializes in barbecue, more specifically, brisket and ribs
  • Address: 203 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
  • Contact Info: 202.733.1919 or (e) dcitysmokehouse@gmail.com


'Masseria' and 'Officina:' (Two different restaurants):

  • Owner is Nick Stefanelli
  • DeMatha Class of '98
  • 'Masseria' specialties include a potato ravioli and bobwhite quail (the food embodies the beauty of simple Italian farmstead from his native Puglia region, in Italy)
  • Address of 'Masseria': 1340 4th St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
  • Contact Info: 202.608.1330 or (e) info@masseria-dc.com
  • 'Officina' is a 3 floor Italian trattoria, café, and market. On the ground floor, shoppers can peruse olives, prosciutto, and other take home goods at an artisanal market. The second floor features a full-scale restaurant focused on bold flavors of southern Italy (handmade pastas, fresh fish, and prime meats). The third floor, guests can enjoy a rooftop bar and private dining spaces
  • Address of 'Officina': 1120 Maine Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024
  • Contact Info: 202.747.5222 or (e) info@officinadc.com

'Mother's Grille' (3 Locations):

  • Owned by Dave Rather
  • DeMatha Class of '86
  • Specialize in phat crab cakes, juicy steaks, fresh fish, burgers, and wings
  • Address of 'North Grille' Location: 2450 Broad Ave. Timonium, MD 21093
  • Contact Info: 443.991.5256
  • Address of 'Peninsula Grille' Location: 969 Ritchie Highway, Arnold, MD 21012
  • Contact Info: 410.975.5950
  • Address of 'Federal Hill Grille' Location: 1113 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
  • Contact Info: 410.244.8686


'Paulie Gee's:'

  • Owned by Kelly Beckham
  • DeMatha Class of '87
  • Specializes in pizza
  • Address: 3535 Chestnut Ave. Baltimore, MD 21211
  • Contact Info: 410.889.1048

'Neo Pizza & Taphouse' (3 Locations):

  • Owned by Jerry Mazurowski
  • DeMatha Class of '88
  • Specializes in pizza, as well as, craft beers and regional wines
  • Address of Annapolis Location: 220 Harker Place Suite 145, Annapolis, MD 21401 (410.266.7771) (email- info@neopizza.com)
  • Address of Bel Air Location: 5 Bel Air S Pkwy, Bel Air, MD 21015 (443.484.7785) (email- info@neopizza.com)
  • Address of Columbia Location: 8872 McGaw Rd. Columbia, MD 21045 (443.864.4344) (email- info@neopizza.com)

'URBurger:'

  • Owned by J. Michael Sanford '72 and Darren Sanford '01
  • Specializes in burgers, fries, and shakes
  • Address: 120 Mitchell's Chance Rd. Edgewater, MD 21037 (443.458.5382)
  • Contact Info: 443.458.5382 (e) info@urburger.com

'Ledo Pizza:'

  • Chief Marketing Officer is Will Robinson
  • Class of '94
  • There are over 100 Ledo restaurants throughout MD, VA, D.C., WV, SC, and FL
  • Contact Info: (e) will@ledopizza.com (c) 301-509-8692
  • Specializes in pizza

'Pasta Plus Restaurant & Italian Market:'

  • Owners are Max and Sabatino Mazziotti (Max is the uncle and Sabatino is the father of Francesco '06 and Massimo '08)
  • Specializes in fresh pasta and bread made daily, along with fresh seafood, fresh meats, and pizza
  • Address: 209 Gorman Ave. Laurel, MD 20707
  • Contact Info: 301.498.5100 (Restaurant), 301.498.7878 (Market); (e) info@pastaplusrestaurant.com

'Murazzi Pizza:'

  • Owned by Gerard "Jerry" Solazzo
  • Class of '00
  • Specializes in wood fired pizza
  • Address (Mobile Caterer): offers corporate, party, and event catering, as well as, food truck services and a private chef experience
  • Contact Info: (c) 301.807.0200 (e) murazzipizza@gmail.com

'West River Pit BBQ:'

  • Owned by Raymond Chick
  • DeMatha Class of '82
  • Specializes in open pit beef, turkey, ham, pulled pork bbq, hot and mild Roma Italian sausage, as well as, their famous "hog dog" and "bull dog"
  • Address: 5544 Muddy Creek Rd. West River, MD 20778 (also offer catering, as well)
  • Contact Info: 443.294.6285 or (e) info@westriverpit.com

'Family Table, LLC:'

  • Owned by Joseph Goodman
  • DeMatha Class of 2007
  • Joe offers a private chef, personal chef services, and cooking lessons (Chef Joe offers a Surprise Prix Fix menu for delivery to the DMV each week on Mondays and Wednesdays. The menu changes each week based on what looks best at the market)
  • Chef Joe's favorite cuisines to cook are: Southern Italian, Mexican (Yucatan), and Modern American
  • Contact Info: (c) 240.417.6718 (e) goodmanwjoseph@gmail.com

'Preserve:'

  • CFO Partner is Matt Hetrick
  • Class of '01
  • New American / Farm-to-Table Restaurant on Main Street in Annapolis. Washingtonian 100 Very Restaurants 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Address: 164 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
  • Website: www.preserve-eats.com
  • Contact Info: 1-844-YES-CHEF (937-2433) ext. 700 (e) matt.h@harmonycpa.com

'Tiki TNT / Thrasher's Rum / Potomac Distilling Company:'

'Broadneck Grill & Cantina' (2 Locations):

  • Owner is Donna Duran (mother of Fernando Duran '07)
  • Specializes in Traditional Mexican cuisine (taco's, fajita's, burritos), as well as steak and burgers
  • Cape Saint Claire Location: 1364 Cape Saint Claire Rd. Annapolis, MD 21409 (tel.) 410.570.5722
  • Edgewater Location: 74 Central Ave. West Edgewater, MD 21037 (tel.) 410.956.3366
  • Email: info@brodneckgrill.com

'Heritage 485:'

'Hard Times Café (College Park):'

'3 Brothers Italian Restaurant'

  • Director of Operations at 3 Brothers is Gregg Repole
  • DeMatha Class of '95
  • Specializes in pizza, subs, and other Italian-American favorites
  • There are 15 locations and growing throughout Maryland
  • Website: http://www.threebrotherspizza.com/

'Old Stein Inn:'

  • Executive Chef is Scott Paska
  • DeMatha Class of '96
  • Specializes in traditional German cuisine, entertainment, and a wide selection of imported and craft beers
  • Address: 1143 Central Ave. E, Edgewater, MD 21037
  • Website: https://www.oldstein-inn.com/
  • Contact Info: (tel.) 410. 798.6807 (e) frontdesk@oldstein-inn.com