Frank Castronovo, Co-Owner
Frank Castronovo is a co-owner of Frankies Spuntino Group. Before opening Frankies Spuntino in 2004 with childhood friend Frank Falcinelli, Castronovo was the chef at beloved New York restaurants Jean Claude and Parish & Co. He spent his formative years training under Paul Bocuse, and David Bouley. Outside of the kitchen, Castronovo is a co-author of The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual, co-star of the Vice Media show “Being Frank,” and a Contributing Editor for Condé Nast Traveler.
Frank Falcinelli, Co-Owner
Frank Falcinelli is a co-owner of Frankies Spuntino Group. Before opening the Frankies Spuntino in 2004 with childhood friend Frank Castronovo, Falcinelli was Executive Chef at Moomba, where his cooking earned high praise from New York Times’ Ruth Reichl, among others. He studied at the Culinary Institute of America, trained in French kitchens including Maxim’s of Paris and Jardin de l’Opéra, and worked with restaurateurs including Drew Nieporent and Charlie Palmer. Falcinelli is co-author, with Castronovo and Peter Meehan, of The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual, and is a co-star of the Vice Media show “Being Frank,” and a Contributing Editor for Condé Nast Traveler.
John B. Paterson IV, Wine Director
John B. Paterson IV is the Wine Director of Frankies Spuntino Group. In his role as Wine Director since February 2015, John has transformed the company’s wine programs, offering honest wines at varied price points, while maintaining unique wine cultures to fit each restaurant. John’s wine lists are heavily influenced by the old world regions of Italy, France & Germany but makes sure to pay homage to our favorite producers in the new world around the globe. Prior to joining the Frankies Spuntino Group, John served as the Wine Director for Tom Colicchio’s Craftbar and as a sommelier at The NoMad restaurant.
Tosca Giamatti, Director of Event Sales & Catering
Tosca Giamatti is the newest member of Frankies Spuntino Group, and she brings a broad range of experience within the hospitality industry including several years with the national food and restaurant consulting firm, Clark Wolf Company. Prior to Clark Wolf Company, Tosca had a stint with the public relations firm Bullfrog & Baum and as a freelance consultant for boutique specialty food shops across New York City. Tosca is a graduate of New York University where she received a Bachelors and Masters in Food Studies.
Chandan Sharma, Director of Communications & Business Development
Chandan Sharma joined Frankies Spuntino Group in November 2015. He oversees the company’s internal and external communications, including media and public relations. In addition, he oversees Human Resources and Business Administration. Chandan joined Frankies after a brief stint in local government and politics, most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York. Chandan is a graduate of New York University, where he received a B.A. and an Masters in Public Administration.