CHEF STEVE DIFILLIPPO
75 Arlington St
Boston, MA O2216
After graduating from Boston University in 1982, Steve DiFillippo, owner of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse (Boston, Foxborough, Lynnfield, Chestnut Hill, Braintree, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, New York City, Atlanta and Irvine) attended The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts to pursue his dream of becoming a chef. During his college years, DiFillippo worked his way up the ladder at SeaSide, a popular bar and restaurant located in Boston’s Faneuil Hall. DiFillippo worked from the bottom up serving in all positions available and finally assumed the Executive Chef position once he graduated from culinary school.
In 1985, at the early age of 24, DiFillippo purchased his first restaurant: an existing spot named Davio’s. It would be here that DiFillippo would brand the name of Davio’s as synonymous with quality. Located at the up and coming end of Newbury Street in Boston’s trendy Back Bay, the original Davio’s was opened in 1977 as a family-owned Italian restaurant with local charm. As Boston’s culinary tastes began to develop and become more refined, DiFillippo transformed the location into a fine dining destination. DiFillippo retooled the menu, the space, the wine list—injecting many reincarnations of his mother’s recipes into the menu. The new Davio’s garnered rave reviews for being “innovative, creative and bold.”
DiFillippo is actively involved in many groups and boards including: Rodman Ride for Kids; The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts; Raising-a-Reader of Massachusetts, The Boston Dining Alliance and Best Buddies. In the fall of 2008, DiFillippo was inducted into the Massachusetts Restaurant Hall of Fame and in 2014 he was awarded Restauranteur of the Year. In 2016, Best Buddies MA recognized Davio's as Employer of the Year for the Best Buddies Jobs Program. He is a contributing Vice Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Anti-Defamation League, New England Region.
DiFillippo lives in Wenham, MA with his wife Pamela and their four children.