About The Carvelli Restaurant Group
The Carvelli family has created a little slice of their homeland in the quaint atmosphere of Marco Island. The family shared a cherished memory from their childhoods in Mesoraca, Italy, when the entire family and friends sat at the table to share meals and conversations. Brothers Luigi, Sal and Francesco Carvelli with cousins Adamo and Francesco Serravalle opened the first DaVinci’s restaurant on Marco Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast in 1996. Ever since it has been only growing and years after, the Carvelli family has brought their many years of experience to Marco again, creating a contemporary restaurant with all the warmth and attention to detail you can highly expect when Marco Prime Steaks and Seafood opened its doors in late August 2013. Located in the heart of Marco Island, Fl. Across from the Hilton Hotel in the Marco Walk Plaza, Marco Prime Steaks and Seafood is welcome and newly addition to the city dining scene offering a fine dining interpretation of the classic American steakhouse with hints of French, Italian & Asian influence throughout the menu. A year later, they have recreated the same atmosphere of warmth combined with great food and hospitality when they opened DaVinci’s of Boca in early September 2014 at the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton. And now, The Oyster Society upscale casual seafood and raw bar restaurant. Guests credit The Carvelli’s Family restaurants with outstanding service, authentic preparations and the freshest ingredients. We are known to provide the finest dining experiences.
MEET OUR STAFF
CHEF CHRIS DEGENOVA
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Christopher DeGenova’s passion for food began around his family’s kitchen table. Growing up in an Italian household with fresh pastas, sauces, meats and fish; he began to understand that his love was food. At the age of fifteen, he began his cooking career. Shortly after high school he began working under Chef / Owners Ricardo Sandoval and Franco Boffice at The Red Tomato, La Cucina, Arrabiata’s and D’Agnese’s. In 1996 they opened Fat Cats in Cleveland, Ohio, where Christopher started as the sous chef and then became chef de cuisine. In 1999, Fat Cats was voted by Gourmet Magazine one of the best neighborhood restaurants in America. Over the next 3 years, Christopher took a hiatus from the kitchen to gain knowledge of the front of the house by working as manager, bartender and server. In 2002 he moved to Miami to attend Johnson and Wales University. During this time, he received a scholarship and completed his first level sommelier with the United States Sommelier Association. While attending school, Christopher worked full time at The Forge, Miami Beach under Executive Chef Andrew Marc Rothschild which took him under his wing and taught him how to cook with passion. Shortly after graduating in 2004 he accepted the Executive Chef position at Zen on 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida. There, Christopher put his modern touch on classical French and Japanese cuisine. After his tender at Zen, he focused more on a career as a chef consultant and working with restaurateurs helping to create their vision of each individual concept. Since then Chris has opened several restaurants in the Marco / Naples area in 2007 he joined the Carvelli restaurant group and has been a chef within the company for years and is now dedicated to the continuous growth at The Oyster Society.
Meet our bar director, who believes in all hand crafted cocktails, fresh ingredients and putting your heart in each pour. Francesco currently brings the family touch and hospitality by managing their Davinci’s location in Boca Raton, Florida while directing and creating each concepts cocktail list. He is excited to revive the charm of classic Cocktails at the newest Carvelli concept, The Oyster Society. Francesco Serravalle, originally from Italy, has a great passion for wine. When young, he was helping his father in the winemaking process every year. The smell of fresh grapes being crashed to make grape juice, it is something that bring beautiful memories to Francesco when growing up.
Meet our Restaurant Manager, Ramona! Maria Ramona Ciorciovel was born and raised in Romania. She received her degree from "Lucian Blaga" University in Sibiu, where she studied Romanian and English language and literature. After graduation, she tought at high school while earning her master's degree in Romanian Stylistics and later in Pedagogy. To see and taste the world she started travelling and in 2005 she moved to the United States. She has over 14 years of experience in the hospitality industry working at different resorts, hotels and country clubs. Her roots started on the restaurant floor as a server at Boca West country Club, Boca Raton, Florida-ranked number one country club in Florida and the 5th in the United States. Ramona then went on as Banquet Supervisor at Ocean Edge Resort and Club in Massachsusetts. Her career took her back to Boca Raton Resort and Club to work as a lead trainer and after that to Marco Beach Ocean Resort "Sale e Pepe", Marco Island, where she became the Food and Beverage Manager. Ramona has worked in nearly all facets of food and beverage service and that lead her to develop a passion for customer service, food and wine. Her background includes leading operation, recruiting, and training. In 2016 she achieved a diploma and pin for the first level of sommelier with Court of Master Sommelier and now she is preparing for a Certified Sommelier.
Raised in Florida and always working in the food industry since the age of 16. Christian gained his passion for the kitchen at 20 years old right then and there he knew destined to cook. After a couple of years in local kitchens he decided to try Le cordón bleu culinary school in Orlando, after school ventures out to Los Angeles and worked at some of the top restaurants in the city furthering and learning all about my craft. He was very fortunate enough to work under top chef masters contestant Chef Sang Yoon, at one of his restaurants Lukshon in Culver City California, after staying there for 2 years Christian landed a stage at AOC Wine bar by multiple James beard award winner Suzanne Goin, where he stayed for 2 years as until venturing back to Florida. Christian started working with Chef Christopher DeGenova in Naples in 2014 and has continued their culinary journey since.
"To Eat an Oyster is to kiss the sea on the lips."