The Carvelli and Serravalle families always cherished their childhood memories from Mesoraca, Italy when family and friends would gather for a meal and enjoy each other’s company. The family decided to set out to share and create similar memories for their neighbors of Marco Island through finely curated dining. Working to instill this sense of family in their restaurants, the family strives to reflect the same care and love their family put into every meal through their excellence in hospitality and quality of food at all of their established restaurants.
Chef Chris DeGenova
Sharing the same passion for food and family, Christopher DeGenova grew up in an Italian household with fresh pastas, sauces, meats, and fish were the norm. From an early age, he began to realize that his love was food. His culinary career started shortly after high school and has led him to his current position as Executive Chef for The Oyster Society. Chef Chris has been a member of the Carvelli restaurant group since 2007. He is now dedicated to the continuous growth and success of The Oyster Society.
General Manager Francesco Serravalle
The bar director / general manager / co-owner of The Oyster Society. His passion came from his father, who taught him from an early age, the winemaking process. Growing up knowing the smell of fresh grapes being crushed to make grape juice, is something that brings beautiful memories to Francesco. These are the feelings and memories Francesco hopes to share with his guests as he has created a menu full of all hand crafted cocktails using only fresh ingredients and putting his heart into each pour. His experience working with his brother and cousins in the Carvelli family at their various restaurants has instilled in him the same high level of standards that are expected from the Carvelli family name.
Dustin Nesmith Restaurant Manager
Dustin joined The Oyster Society team in June 2021, the CRG team in 2019 and originally in 2010. He has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has worked almost every position for some of the most popular restaurants in Florida. Dustin moved to Marco Island, FL from northeast New Jersey in 1998, then permanently in 2007, and is a current resident of Marco Island. He is the current vice-chairman of the City of Marco Island’s Beautification Advisory Committee. Dustin is a strong believer that customer experience is #1 over everything else.