CHEF STEVE SAMSON
City Market South
1124 San Julian St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Steve Samson grew up spending summers in Bologna, Italy, his mother's hometown. Life in Bologna was centered around the dining room table. While cooking alongside his parents and grandparents, Steve realized a strong connection between food, family, and tradition. These early experiences have greatly influenced his point of view as a chef.
Steve started his professional career in New York and Maine after graduating from New York's Institute of Culinary Education. It was upon returning to his own hometown, Los Angeles, that Steve met his mentor, Piero Selvaggio. Steve spent six years working with Piero, the last two as executive chef at Piero's flagship, Valentino in Santa Monica. During this time, Steve did numerous stages throughout Italy, cooking at famed Michelin-starred restaurants such as Dal Pescatore, Il Duomo, La Torre del Saraceno, and Quattro Passi.
In 2009, Chef Samson realized his next career goal by opening the award-winning Pizzeria Ortica in Orange County. While at Ortica, StarChefs recognized Steve as one of Southern California's Rising Star chefs.
Wanting to return to his hometown, Samson partnered with his wife, Dina Samson, and Zach Pollack to open Sotto in 2011. Sotto achieved immediate acclaim, being named one of Esquire Magazine's “Best New Restaurants in America” and Los Angeles Magazines #1 “Best New Restaurant". After four years, Sotto remains as popular as ever, largely because Chef Steve has remained committed as ever to tradition and craft.