Donatella Arpaia

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Donatella Arpaia
Donatella Arpaia.jpg
Born (1971-09-15) September 15, 1971 (age 48)
EducationFairfield, B.A.
St. John's Law, J.D.
French Culinary Institute, Le Grand Diplôme, Classic Culinary Arts
Spouse(s)Allan Stewart[1]
Culinary career

Donatella Arpaia Stewart (born September 15, 1971)[2] is an American restaurateur and a television personality who appears on The Food Network.[3] Arpaia is a regular judge on The Food Network's Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef.[4] She has also appeared on The Isaac Mizrahi Show, The Martha Stewart Show, The Tony Danza Show, The Today Show and iVillage.[5]


Following a brief career as a corporate attorney, Arpaia opened her first restaurant, Bellini in 1998. Her other restaurants include davidburke&donatella, which has received four stars from Forbes[6] and the Five Diamond Award and Anthos, a Michelin Star Greek restaurant which was named Best New Restaurant by New York[7] and Esquire in November 2007,[8] and nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant. The restaurant retained a Michelin star rating from 2007 to 2010. [9] Mia Dona, another restaurant she created, opened in February 2008.[10]

Zagat named Arpaia "The Hostess with the Mostest" in March 2006[11] and Crain's named her one of its "40 under 40",[12] and the New York Post named Arpaia 31st of "The 50 Most Powerful Women in NYC".[13]

In 2007, Arpaia and chef Michael Psilakis opened restaurant Kefi in the Upper West Side of New York City. Its meatballs were named as the best in the city in New York's 2007 "Best of New York" issue.[14]

In mid-2009, Arpaia and Psilakis opened Eos in Miami’s Viceroy Hotel, her first restaurant opened outside of New York.[15]


Arpaia graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, Long Island in 1989. Arpaia received her bachelor's degree from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and her juris doctor from the St. John's University School of Law in Queens, New York. She studied at the French Culinary Institute and the Italian Culinary Academy.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Arpaia was raised in Woodmere, New York, on Long Island. to Maria and chef Lello Arpaia, who immigrated to the US from Italy.[17] In May 2011, Arpaia married Allan Stewart, a cardiac surgeon and graduate of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.[1] On September 15, 2011, her 40th birthday, the couple had a son.[2]



  1. ^ a b Donatella Arpaia and Allan Stewart - Vows, Anna Jane Grossman, May 13, 2011, The New York Times
  2. ^ a b "Donatella's joy". New York Post. September 16, 2011.
  3. ^ DeLucia, Matt (June 2006). "Donatella Arpaia - A Return to Glamour". Restaurant Insider.
  4. ^ "The Next Iron Chef-The Cast: Donatella Arpaia". Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  5. ^ "Donatella Arpaia at iVillage". Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  6. ^ "The Forbes 2004 All-Star Eateries in New York" (Dec 27, 2004) Forbes Vol. 174, 13
  7. ^ a b "Best New Restaurants of the Year" (Jan 7, 2008) New York Vol.41 No.1
  8. ^ Mariani, John (October 11, 2006). "Chef of the Year: Michael Psilakis, Anthos, New York". Esquire.
  9. ^ "James Beard Foundation Award Nominees 2008 p.7" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  10. ^ Sifton, Sam (2010-05-18). ""Mia Dona" (May 18, 2010) ''New York Times''". Manhattan (NYC);Puglia (Italy): Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  11. ^ Eber, Hailey (2008-12-17). ""Holiday Day Entertaining With Donatella Arpaia" (Dec. 17 2008) ''The Village Voice''". Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  12. ^ Fickersher, Lisa (2004). "Donatella Arpaia - 2004 40 under 40". Crain's. Archived from the original on 2008-04-13.
  13. ^ Mirchandani, Raakhee (2008-06-01). ""The 50 Most Powerful Women in NYC" (June 1, 2008) ''New York Post''". Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  14. ^ "Best Meatballs". New York. March 12, 2007.
  15. ^ Landman, Beth (June 22, 2009). "Dishing With Donatella".
  16. ^ Mishkin, Budd (March 9, 2009). "One On 1: Donatella Arpaia Dishes On Passion To Please". NY1. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012.
  17. ^ Collins, Glenn (2010-04-27). "Donatella Arpaia Is Putting Chef's Whites Over Her Prada". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-26.

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