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Biography

Head Pizzaiolo Michele Rubini brings a lifetime of passion for Italian cuisine, genuine hospitality, and detailed technique to his role at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. Rubini embraces true Italian tradition with a commitment to quality, fresh ingredients, and impeccable service—fostering a comfortable, home-like atmosphere.

“When I think of pizza, I think of all the conversations,... READ MORE

Head Pizzaiolo Michele Rubini brings a lifetime of passion for Italian cuisine, genuine hospitality, and detailed technique to his role at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. Rubini embraces true Italian tradition with a commitment to quality, fresh ingredients, and impeccable service—fostering a comfortable, home-like atmosphere.

“When I think of pizza, I think of all the conversations, laughter, and emotional exchanges among people, friends, lovers, and business partners that are behind each-and-every single bite”
As a native of Ischia, Italy, he was no stranger to the pie, but he was a graphic designer by trade. Then he happened upon a wood-burning stove in his in-laws’ backyard.

He made pies for his family and friends, and lo and behold, one of those friends was the toque at L’Antica in Naples, who took Rubini under his wing. Soon after, Rubini realized, “You know what? It’s fun. I love it. And I said, ‘OK, maybe I can do this as well.’”
In 2019, he moved to Los Angeles to open L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele in Hollywood with his friend Francesco Zimone. Now in 2023, the brand has expanded to Santa Barbara, New York City and the forthcoming Long Beach location.

On-Camera Segments
● KTLA-5 News: Celebrating National Pizza Month with local pizzerias
● Spectrum 1 News: Da Michele Pizzaiolo Serves Up Authentic Naples-Style Pizza
● NBC California Live: Heart-Shaped Pizza, Be Mine!
● FoodBeast: Italy’s Most Iconic Pizza Comes To Hollywood
● Fox L.A.: Dine L.A. Restaurant Week
● KTLA Unscripted: L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele in Hollywood offering at-home pizza kits

Other Notable Features:
● Forbes: After Hollywood Success, Iconic Naples Pizzeria Expands With New U.S. Locations
● Thrillist National: The 34 Best Italian Restaurants in America
● Inside Hook: The 10 LA Restaurants We Loved Most in 2021
● Business Insider: The best pizza in Naples is now in California
● Food & Wine: Historic Naples Pizzeria to Open in Hollywood This Spring
● Thrillist Los Angeles: 30 Essential Italian Restaurants You Must Visit in LA

Instagram: @chefmichelerubini, @damichelela

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