Director of Operations, Skal Restaurant Group
Over the last 34 years, Mario Contascessi has turned his love and passion for the food industry into a highly successful career. Trained at the Istituto Alberghiero Armando Perotti, Bar, Italy. Mario has spent his career honing his creative and executive talents to help grow many successful and highly profitable restaurants. Fluent in five languages, Spanish being one that he uses on a daily basis makes Mario a hands-on manager as well as an effective leader.
Mario was on the cutting edge of the food industry when he created and oversaw two, small high-end concept restaurants – Meigas Restaurant and Tapas Bar in New York City ranked by Esquire Magazine as one of the “Top 22 New Restaurants in America,” as well as Ristorante Di Sopra in Greenwich, CT. He later joined the Alicart Restaurat Group as General Manager of Virgil’s Real BBQ Restaurant in New York City and later spear-headed the start-up of a 650-seat Virgil’s satellite restaurant in the Bahamas. Mario later moved on to another sister restaurant, Carmine’s Restaurant, in the Times Square district as the General Manager.
Mario joins the Skal Restaurant Group as Director of Operations. He will oversee operations and staff development for the Cask Republic and The Ginger Man restaurants.