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Adam Leonti

Biography

Adam Leonti is the Chef & Owner of Leonti restaurant in Manhattan. He was the longtime Chef de Cuisine at Vetri in Philadelphia. With Adam at the helm, Vetri received a long list of accolades, including: Philadelphia’s “Best Upscale Italian Restaurant”; James Beard Award finalist for “Outstanding Restaurant” and “Outstanding Service”; Travel + Leisure’s “Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S”; Zagat’s No. 1 Italian Restaurant in Philadelphia. In 2012, Adam was listed in  Forbes’ prestigious “30 Under 30” professionals in the food and wine industry, as well as an  Eater “Young Gun.” Adam’s signature approach... READ MORE

Adam Leonti is the Chef & Owner of Leonti restaurant in Manhattan. He was the longtime Chef de Cuisine at Vetri in Philadelphia. With Adam at the helm, Vetri received a long list of accolades, including: Philadelphia’s “Best Upscale Italian Restaurant”; James Beard Award finalist for “Outstanding Restaurant” and “Outstanding Service”; Travel + Leisure’s “Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S”; Zagat’s No. 1 Italian Restaurant in Philadelphia. In 2012, Adam was listed in  Forbes’ prestigious “30 Under 30” professionals in the food and wine industry, as well as an  Eater “Young Gun.” Adam’s signature approach to Italian cuisine was also greatly influenced by his time spent working at the Michelin-starred Osteria della Brughiera, in Bergamo, Italy. Throughout his career he’s worked with renowned chefs Georges Perrier, Martin Hamann and Marc Vetri. 

Adam arrived in New York four years ago, when he opened the Brooklyn Bread Lab in Bushwick as a research kitchen, education center and bakery that milled local grains for the breads, pastas and pastries. His fine-dining Italian restaurant Leonti opened on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in November 2018. 

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? Shake shack. The smoke shack.

What is your favorite beverage? Manhattan Special

What three things are always in your pantry? Oil, butter, lard

If you weren't a chef, what would you be? Bounty Hunter

If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? Jesus Christ

What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? The best is yet to come.