Chef Michael Pirolo: Owner of Macchialina, the Saint Austere, & Pirolo’s Panino

Born in Queens, New York, but raised in Avellino, Italy, Chef Michael Pirolo comes from a fiercely passionate food family. So much, in fact, that at the age of 21 he enrolled in culinary school in Torino, Italy; a formal education that led to apprenticeships at Michelin-starred establishments such as La Voglia Matta in Bologna and Café Groppi in Piemonte. After finishing his degree, he relocated to New York and changed tracks, immersing himself in French cuisine before relocating to Philadelphia to take the role of sous chef at Alfred Portale’s Striped Bass where he met his now-life and business partner Jen Chaefsky. A friendship turned to romance and when Pirolo had the opportunity to return to New York to take a post at Chris Lee’s Gilt at the Palace Hotel, Chaefsky accompanied him and the pair have been inseparable ever since.

What do you love most about Your City?

The glorious Beaches

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Soft boiled egg with caviar and brioche toast points

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – dreaming

10:00 AM – walking the dog

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?


7:00 PM – expediting the line at Macchialina  

11:00 PM – reading cookbooks for inspiration

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

A negroni

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Uber/ I have a few favorite IG accounts… Nina Compton, House of Highlights, squardi_sul_irpinia

What should everyone try at least once?

Driving the Amalfi coast

Where do you enjoy getting lost?