Fresh quality ingredients, inviting atmosphere, and passionate service. These three elements thrive at Pearl, Long Island's newest dining experience.
Michael Is a life-long Long Islander, who grew up in Brentwood and attended Southampton College, majoring in Marine Biology. He started cooking as a way to put himself through school, and found he was good at it and found it quite rewarding and enjoyable, so much so, that he decided to leave science behind and attended The Culinary Institute Of America.
Michael is a veteran of such L.I. Restaurants as; The Pasta Grill, Rockville Centre; Jackson Square, Rockville Centre; Fiddleheads American Fish House & Grill, Oyster Bay; Fiddleheads New York, Huntington; Jedediah Hawkins Inn, Jamesport; Gabrielle’s Brasserie & Wine Bar, Rockville Centre; Ross/Schaudel Catering & Event Planning, North Fork, ; and more.
Steve grew up in a restaurant household from his parents owning a bar in Middle Village Queens & an Italian Restaurant in Manhattan while he was growing up. His personal hospitality career started by working in catering throughout high school. After graduating from Iona College, Steve went on to work for E&Y accounting firm for 3 years before his passion for hospitality drew him back with a partnership to open a German Beer Hall in Midtown Manhattan. Here Steve did it all and really grew his skills in high volume sales and management. After separating from this venture, Steve joined the team at Hell's Kitchen Hospitality which operates multiple locations in Manhattan & Queens as a General Manager. Over the last five years with the company Steve gained the experiences working for a larger group and running multiple locations specializing in the beverage programs.
After renting a summer home down in Long Beach back in 2015, Steve and his wife fell in love with the area and in 2018 they moved down to the West End full time.
Steve joined the Pearl team in September of 2019 and is excited to take Island Park dining to the next level with above and beyond hospitality and top quality products.