Our Loyal Staff

Our Loyal and Dedicated Staff

Chef Jonathan Vlasic

Proprieter

Ever since I was 8 years old, I wanted to be a Chef. I knew at an early age that an office setting career was definitely not for me, plus I enjoy working with my hands. I wanted to be a Chef in the classic sense since this was before the cooking show era boom. A few guys in a hot kitchen, working over a range, plancha, or grill. Creating masterful cuisine, leading up to that ever gratifying trip to the table, to receive our accolades of our guests loving every bite you served them. I went to Culinary school just out of High School, graduated with honors, only because I enjoyed every minute of learning the specifics of classic technique. After working and Chefing at various clubs, and resorts here and south, I purchased Alla Famiglia in 2005, and my biggest dream came true. Cooking for just 8 tables in an open kitchen setting, being able to entertain, converse, and see my guests as I dazzled them with my creativity. I have since, with the assistance of my long tenured and dedicated staff, grown the Alla Famiglia brand into a lovely company to work for and raise a family on. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you so very much for the continued support and patronage for nearly 2 decades. 100 Years!

Mark Gadd

General Manager

Brandy Vlasic

Director of Events

  Brandy, our events coordinator is also the owner of Alla Famiglia with her husband, Chef Jonathan. Brandy is an absolute gem when it comes to making any event absolutely spectacular. Creative designs, thoughtful layouts, and tasteful decorating skills make her one of the best in the city. Brandy has over 15 years experience in any and all types of events from graduations, to coordinating full weddings from ceremony to dessert. Brandy will also be an expert in assisting with food selections as she is well versed in our entire world of offerings, on and off the menu. You will absolutely love working with Brandy from the first moment you talk to her, with her “yes” style personality, she genuinely enjoys making your next event exactly what you‘ve envisioned. When Brandy is not making your event your next favorite memory, she enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters Vivian and Vienna. Brandy can be contacted at events@allafamiglia.com. Please leave a phone number with your inquiry. 

Chef Gary Klinefelter

CEC, WCEC, CE, CCA, AAC​

Gary R. Klinefelter,  started his culinary career at the age of 14 by working in the kitchen of a small privately owned restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After completing his formal apprenticeship and graduating at the top of his class earning the “Apprentice Chef of the Year” designation, Chef Gary accepted his first Executive Chef position and began his lifelong career path as a leader, coach, and mentor.

Throughout the years, Klinefelter has gone on to accept other appointments in Country Inns and Country Clubs as well as Beach Resorts and Hotels throughout the United States and the Caribbean, most notably The Buccaneer Resort on St Croix, US Virgin Islands as Executive Chef/Director of Food and Beverage and the AAA Four Star Four Diamond 998 room Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida where he was Executive Chef of Outlets.

Chef Gary describes his cooking style as “Eclectic World Cuisine” with an emphasis on Caribbean flavors and fresh, local sustainable food products with regionally inspired cooking techniques.

Klinefelter who serves as the Vice President of the American Culinary Federation, Pittsburgh Chapter is a Certified Executive Chef, World Certified Executive Chef through World Chefs, Certification Evaluator, Certified Culinary Administrator and a Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs.

Chef Klinefelter has done continuing education studies at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman Island. Chef Gary has led many community fundraising projects including the American Liver Foundation Flavors of Pittsburgh, Community Liver Alliance Cuisine Cost to Coast, Chef’s Helping the Homeless, and the Givin’ the Dream Foundation. As a fierce competitor, Klinefelter has received countless awards for his work including the LJ Minor’s Chef’s Professionalism Award and most recently the American Culinary Federation Pittsburgh Chapter Chef of the Year Award.

Chef Mark McManus

Chef Mark McManus came with the building back in 2005. He was 19 years old, incredible raw talent with no formal training. Chef Jonathan worked with Mark for years which pretty much turned into an apprentice program with Mr. Vlasic teaching him everything he knows. Chef Mark has been a tremendous asset to Alla Famiglia from the very beginning. Creative, loyal, hardworking and incredibly reliable. He has and still remains a pillar for the restaurant’s overall success.

Mara Beck

Pastry Chef

Meet Mara Beck, Alla Famiglia / Arlecchino Pastry Chef. Mara is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and has been the Pastry Chef here for 2 years. Mara comes from a family who loves to cook and bake, and this passion is clearly displayed through her pastry creations.

Prior to joining the Alla Famiglia family, Mara has spent time in several notable Pittsburgh restaurants including the Inn on Negri, Park Brugge, Willow and Siempre Algo.

In her spare time, Mara enjoys spending time outdoors with her Niece and Nephew, kayaking, gardening and hiking with her Pug named Dexter.

 

Tony Romano

Bar Director

Meet Tony Romano, Alla Famiglia’s Bar Director/Chief Mixologist. Tony has lived in Pittsburgh and been with us for a little over two years. Prior to his tenure here at Alla Famiglia, Tony worked in nightlife for MGM Resorts in Springfield, Massachusetts. “Since I have joined the team here at Alla Famiglia, my life has changed. I have gained a whole new group of friends and family. The dynamic we strive to create here at Alla Famiglia is what really won me over. Both the front of house and back of house staff have taught me so much in my time here. Getting an opportunity to work under and learn from Chef Jonathan Vlasic, Chef Gary Klinefelter and the remainder of my management team has been so beneficial for my professional career.” In his free time Tony likes to golf, travel and try different dining experiences throughout the city. Make sure to ask for Tony when you make your next bar reservation!

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