Zafferano & Co. Friends: Rocco Spagnardi
Born and raised in Sperlonga, a coastal town just outside of Rome, Rocco has over 15 years of experience working in the restaurant industry. After receiving his official diploma from Associazione Italiana Sommelier in 2002, Rocco worked as a Sommelier in Rome, Switzerland, England, Australia and New York City. He joined the team at Locanda in 2009, and was an immediate fit.
Rocco's encyclopedic knowledge and true love of Italian wine, as well as his ability to bring out this excitement in others, have made him a favorite among regulars. Rocco's wine list focuses on the many rare and indigenous grapes of Italy. While there are always good Brunellos and Barolos out there, his list is full of surprising wines that are off the beaten path. Believing in a low mark-up policy, Rocco puts these great wines at some of the lowest prices in the city.
Company - Restaurant: Locanda Vini & Olii
Location: Brooklyn - New York