Following an extensive search for a new executive chef, Osteria Mattone has found its man. Eric Sell is on board at the Roswell restaurant, according to a Thursday morning announcement. Sell replaces chef Ted Lahey, who ran the kitchen from 2013 until he stepped down at the beginning of this year.
"After an exhaustive search, Daniel, my brother, and I are really excited to have found Eric," co-owner Ryan Pernice said in a prepared statement. "Several conversations and a one-of-a-kind tasting proved that Eric shares our passion for Italian food and culture. Since each of us spent time working in New York City, we have a common foundation of execution at a high level that we're eager to draw from as we take Osteria Mattone into the future."
Sell's professional experience includes 17 years in New York City and Upstate New York. While working at Brooklyn's No. 7 in 2009, it was named to Bon Appétit's list of the best new restaurants in America. His last job was serving as executive chef at of Creo' in Albany, N.Y. The Osteria Mattone team cites Sell's "extensive travels" and "passion for making pasta" has reasons why he's the right fit at the Italian restaurant.
Lahey, who had been running the kitchens at both Osteria Mattone and sister restaurant Table & Main, announced in November he was leaving to spend more time with his family.