Mon-Thu 11am-10pm
Fri 11am-11pm
Sat 12pm-11pm
Sun 12pm-10pm (Dinner menu only)

3411 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(next to Arborland Mall)

(734) 971-0484

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Mike & Bridget, with winemaker Dario Boscaini, from their last tour to Italy

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THE PAESANO GANG

OWNERS: MIKE & BRIDGET RODDY

CHEF: DAVID WHITNEY

SOUS CHEF: JOHN KIRK

WINE DIRECTOR: ANDREW MARSTELLER

CATERING/BANQUET MANAGER: CHRISTINE SMITH

CATERING/BANQUET CHEF: DAVID YOUNG

OFFICE MANAGER: DARLA BODENMILLER

DINING ROOM MANGERS: CHRIS SMITH

SERVERS: MICHELLE RUGGERO, JAYME WHITNEY, PAIGE SOLO, MEGAN HAWLEY, ERIN WILEY, ERICA ALLEN, BRIDGET COX, JESSICA EPKER, CLAIRE MORO, BEN SCHMIDT, KAITLYN ELLIS, OLIVIA ARNETT, HANNAH FISHER, KAITLYN MACDONALD, MINDY SCHWARTZ, SARAH LANG, MAUREEN HARRINGTON, REBEKAH WESTFALL, IAN JOHNS, BETHANY SCOTT, ALINA ROSCA, MARGARITE MATOSSIAN, RACHEL SLAUGHTER, NICOLE KING

HOSTS: LILY PIKE, TARA UFER, MEGAN HAWLEY, MINDY SCHWARTZ, MARY-KATE CAMPBELL, HOPE DONALDSON, JEMMA DUEÑAS

BARTENDERS: PAT PUTNAM, SEAN CONLEY, MINDY SCHWARTZ

CASHIER: BETHANY SCOTT, ASHLEY WILSON, MARY-KATE CAMPBELL, HOPE DONALDSON

BUS/EXPO: DAVE CHAPMAN, NOAH FENTON, JAMES DONOVAN, DENNIS SAMORAY, BRIANNA TODD-MARKS, SYDNEY JONES

KITCHEN MANAGER: DAN SUTTER

COOKS: ZACH POLIFRONI, FREDDIE GONZALES, APOLINAR CHAPARRA, ARMANDO REYES, DAVID CHAPMAN, ROB HIDDING, ROGER SWAIN, BRIAN DELLA MORA, ANDREW SNYCLER, KEITH CHAPMAN, CHRIS NASH, ROBERTO VELASQUEZ, RIGOBERTO MARQUEZ, MARY POLIFRONI, NATE COLEMAN, JAVIER LEZAMA

PASTRY CHEF: CARLA HOOPINGARNER

DISHWASHER (The most important people in our business): MACK BELL, ALFREDO QUINTANA, EFRAIN GARCIA, ANTONIO MATEOS, ASCENSIÓN GUZMAN, RAFEAL DIAZ-GOMEZ

CLEANING: KARIN LOPEZ

Staff

David Whitney: Chef

David Whitney

Dave hails from the Upper peninsula, and that was also where he got his start. As a teenager he worked under award winning Chef Robin Holmes at the Best Western in Escanaba. There he discovered a passion for food, and making people happy with it. Chef Holmes also saw his talent and promoted Dave to Sous Chef at the age of 17. The desire for growth led Dave to Ann Arbor and the culinary program at WCC. While in school he worked for a local chain restaurant, and climbed the ladder at both places. Seeking an environment that offered more creative freedom, Dave came to Paesano in 2001. There was definitely more room for him to expand his talents, and he did. However, the desire for growth saw him leave to open Quarter Bistro as Executive Sous Chef. He still loved Paesano, and when the door opened for his return seven months later, there was no question about it. He continued to work with Chef Isabella, taking on many responsibilities. During this time he even fell in love with one of our servers. Jayme and Dave were married in 2008. When Isabella decided it was time for her to move on there was no better choice than Dave Whitney to take over the reins.

Christine Smith: Banquet/Catering Manager

Chris

Chris grew up in the Ann Arbor area and studied elementary education at EMU. Instead of her chosen field she became drawn to the fast pace environment of the restaurant business. The love she had for food, wine and fine service convinced her to make it a career. She continues to use her education background at the restaurant to help train our staff.

Chris is a 30+ year veteran in the restaurant industry and has been here at Paesano since 1997. Before Paesano she worked for some local town favorites such as Herc’s Beef & Spirits, the Cottage Inn Cafe and the Red Bull. She is very organized and loves to express her artistic talents for special events. When it comes down to it, Chris can handle just about anything that is thrown her way.

Alan Collins: Wine Director

Alan Collins

We all know that words mean little without an idea behind them. That word hardly meant anything to me several years ago when I first came to Paesano restaurant, a disenchanted country club server who wanted to learn more about Italian wine. The first time I dined here, I was blown away by the service and culture. The third time I dined here, I brought my résumé.

It was quickly apparent that I was supposed to be here at Paesano’s—independently owned by the amicable Mike and Bridget Roddy, fostering both a genuine creative Italian chef as well as a knowledgeable wine director—it was restaurant heaven for any server who is thirsty for knowledge, and sick of diva chef types, overbearing managers and ignorant owners... read more >>

David Young: Catering Chef

David Young

David Young is a very familiar name in the catering and culinary circles in and around Ann Arbor. A graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Chef Young was born and raised in the Bay area, he moved to Michigan in 1990. He became executive chef at The Mayflower Hotel in Ann Arbor for three and a half years before becoming the executive chef at U-M Michigan League in 1993. Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, his family had owned restaurants in Kansas City, MO and in Oakland, CA. "I love my family and the culinary industry, but my son Zach and daughter Maddie at my pride and joy."

Prof. Salvatore Bisaccia

SalvatoreA native of Italy, Salvatore Bisaccia speaks the Italian language with beautiful fluidity. He was born is Sicily, lived in Italy until early adulthood, where he was schooled in the arts, various languages, mathematics, and other general studies.

Salvatore is a busy man and always has been. He has earned a bachelor's in Philosophy (while still living in Italy) and an MA in Guidance Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Working full-time during the day, Salvatore is also able to accomplish teaching numerous language classes in the evening and tutoring individual students. He has been a favorite instructor of Conversational Italian at WCC (Washtenaw Community College) for more than 5 years and has been teaching smaller, private groups for more than 6 years. When asked how he does it, he humbly replies, "I just can't believe the number of people who are interested in learning Italian. It makes me proud to teach them my language."

The focus for his Conversational Italian, I, II, and III classes is to slowly build his students' knowledge of the Italian language through constant interaction with it. "I have my students speaking Italian the first evening. You must speak the language to learn it."

The focus of his Italian Renaissance Art class is to expose students to the full breadth of the time period, not just the art and the artists. "We will explore the environment. and culture of the time and the influences of patronage. We will also look at how such aspects influenced sculpture, architecture, and of course painting," explained Salvatore.

He is also in the process of writing a book to augment his teaching materials. "The book will outline basic grammar rules and sentence structure to help my students learn the language more quickly and easily," said Salvatore.

Salvatore is passionate about the courses he teaches, which is evident in the mere number of classes he is leading this semester. Years of teaching experience, combined with his love for his heritage and knowledge of the Italian culture, make for a truly extraordinary learning experience. ** For Italian Language Class information, please contact Salvatore directly: salvatore@paesanosannarbor.com