Consulting Director of Culinary Research & Product Development
Peppe Miele is an acclaimed Los Angeles-based restaurateur and chef. Born in Naples, Italy he grew up in a city renowned for its culinary traditions. The art of cooking that is synonymous with the Neapolitan heritage has been an integral part of Mr. Miele’s success in the food industry. As a restauranteur, chef, and advocate for the classic Neapolitan pizza, Peppe is a standard-bearer of uncompromising culinary integrity. The food of Naples has been the overarching theme in his critically acclaimed restaurants, commercial cooking classes/trainings workshops and media appearances.
Mr. Miele is the President of the American Delegation of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) the mission of which is to promote the culinary tradition of the Neapolitan pizza by certifying food establishments who uphold the rigorous criteria of AVPN. Under Mr. Miele’s direction, the American Delegation has seen a significant increase in membership of restaurants and pizzerias certified to serve authentic Neapolitan pizza. Mr. Miele organizes and teaches cooking classes as well as trainings workshops for future restaurant owners, gourmet chefs and restaurant companies who seek to serve the classic Neapolitan pizza. He has spearheaded the organization of vendors whose products are used to produce the traditional Neapolitan pizza.
Born in beautiful Rome, Mario Vollera, naturally developed a passion for pizza and wine from an early age. He started his pizzaiolo carrier in Italy, Roma, and extended his experience all around Europe as pizza chef and manager of various successful venues such as Carlo’s (England) and Pappa Grappa Pizzeria (Sweden). In 2008, he moved to Los Angeles and became manager of the famous Antica Pizzeria (one of the best 20 Italian pizzerias in the USA – Wine Spectator, GQ magazine, LA7), and joined the Headquarters of VPN (Verace Pizza Napoletana) in America to protect and promote the art and tradition of Neapolitan pizza.
Co-owner of the pop-up restaurant “Barbershop Ristorante Italiano” in 2012, together with Chef Walter, the reviews were raving about their tour around town. Since 2013, Mario is the co-owner of the popular pizza spot on Abbot Kinney, South End.