Pino Maffeo is an award-winning chef with an impressive background in culinary training and a unique food philosophy. Maffeo’s strong Italian roots have kept him drawn to the culinary world since a young age and after attending Newbury Culinary College, the East Boston native took off on a culinary “tour” around the country, working at numerous restaurants within different cities such as San Francisco and New York City, where he learned the art of world cuisine from an impressive roster of European chefs.
In San Francisco, Maffeo opened Molhern & Shackern alongside Laurence Vito, who, at the time, was a spokesperson of Californian cuisine, before taking over as chef de cuisine at San Francisco’s Inn at the Opera where he spent three fruitful and distinguishable years. Maffeo eventually moved back to Boston and became executive chef of Sage Restaurant, an instant hit located in Boston’s famous North End, an Italian haven where he helped change the entire mentality of how the neighborhood ate and brought a new standard of cooking to the esteemed Boston neighborhood.
In 1988, Maffeo brought his wealth of talent to Manhattan where he earned rave reviews from Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times for his inventive menus and unique approach.
He returned to Boston and brought Louis Boston’s Restaurant L to fruition, which within a year became noted as one of the most acclaimed new restaurants in the country.
Maffeo garnered several media awards including being named “Top Ten New Restaurants of the Year” by Travel & Leisure, “Best New Restaurants in the World” in Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” issue and one of “Boston’s Best New Faces.” He also was chosen by Food & Wine Magazine as one of the “Best New Chefs” in America. Maffeo has appeared on NBC’s“Today Show”, CBS’s“The Early Show”, The Food Network, “Good Morning America” and PBS’s “Simply Ming” hosted by fellow Boston chef extraordinaire Ming Tsai.Additionally, Maffeo has been featured in Men’s Health, Playboy, The New Yorker, Food & Wine, Bon Appetite, Where Magazine, Art Culinaire, Food Arts, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and many more. Maffeo has been a special guest speaker at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for The Lemelson-MIT Program that is dedicated to honoring the acclaimed and unsung heroes who have helped improve our lives through invention.
Today, Maffeo is the executive chef at the acclaimed il Molo restaurant in Boston’s historical North End neighborhood which opened along Commercial Street in July of 2016.
We are grateful to have the support of Pino Maffeo in this year’s Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer. Visit Il Molo in The North End and save room for his very special dessert which will raise money for breast cancer research.