Stephen Asprinio’s continued dedication to the art of hospitality has opened the doors to his first namesake restaurant, Forté di Asprinio. At a mere 26 years of age, Stephen has secured degrees from both the Culinary Institute of America and Cornell University, completed two sommelier certificate level courses from the United States Sommelier Association and the Court of Master Sommeliers, and has 10 years of experience in some of the top restaurants in the United States. Stephen was mentored by famed restaurateur Drew Nieporent of the Myriad Restaurant Group, and consequently worked for three of Mr. Nieporent’s restaurants, including Nobu in New York City, where he apprenticed under Iron Chef Morimoto Masuhara. Following graduation from Cornell University, Stephen left for Las Vegas to take a sommelier position at Caesar’s Palace. After running two wine programs at Ceasar’s Palace, Stephen left to take over as the Wine Director for Michael Mina’s NobHill at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Stephen has since appeared as a star on Bravo! Network’s “Top Chef”, as well as a guest on the “The Today Show”, and has also been featured in People Magazine, Forbes Traveler and in the New York Post’s “Page Six” column.






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