Rocky Cirino is a senior leader at the Altamarea Group, with management responsibility for Ai Fiori, Marea and Ristorante Morini. Prior to his expanded responsibility as Managing Director for the Altamarea Group’s fine dining properties, Rocky served as the General Manager at Marea, in charge of creating the special ambiance and excellent service that accompanies Chef White’s coastal Italian cuisine.
Rocky learned hospitality management at Le Cordon Bleu. His early first front-of-house position was at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, AZ, where he worked as a Room Service Manager and later transferred to open the Four Seasons in San Francisco. Afterward, he worked with Chef Gary Danko at his eponymous restaurant, Gary Danko. In March of 2004, Rocky moved to New York to work with Chef Daniel Boulud at his highly acclaimed restaurant, Daniel. After three years at Daniel, he moved on to become the Maitre’d at Cru. From there, Rocky was recruited by the Altamarea Group to join the opening team at Marea, to create a dining experience that combines seamless service, superb cuisine, an award‐winning wine program and above all else, comfort with style on Central Park South.
Under Rocky’s direction and deep commitment to the highest standards of service, Marea achieved the 2010 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in the United States, as well as countless other accolades, including three stars from The New York Times, and two Michelin stars.