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Domenica Restaurant
123 Baronne Street
New Orleans , Louisiana 70112
United States

Company Description: Domenica may still serve the best pizza in New Orleans, but it has acquired some challengers
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Alon Shaya | Domenica Restaurant | Roosevelt Hotel | New Orleans, Louisiana
www.domenicarestaurant.com, 15 Oct 2015 [cached]
Alon Shaya
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Alon Shaya
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Alon Shaya
Alon Shaya is executive chef and partner of Domenica and its more casual sister restaurant, Pizza Domenica.
As a boy in Philadelphia, Alon Shaya spent most of his time in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother, which instilled in him a passion for cooking. After training at the Culinary Institute of America, Alon interned at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas - too young to gamble, but ready to take on the casino kitchens. In 2001, Alon met Octavio Mantilla, co-owner of Besh Restaurant Group, who lured him to New Orleans.
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As Chef de Cuisine at Besh Steak in Harrah's Casino, New Orleans, Alon worked closely with Chef John Besh.
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In 2009 Alon and Chef Besh forged a partnership to open Domenica, a family-oriented, authentic Italian restaurant in New Orleans Historic Roosevelt Hotel.
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In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Alon was a finalist for a coveted James Beard Foundation Award, in the "Best Chef - South" category. In 2010, Esquire Magazine named Shaya one of four Chefs to Watch, and Shaya was named "Chef of the Year" by Eater New Orleans. New Orleans Magazine honored him as "Chef of the Year" in 2012.
In preparation to open Domenica, Alon spent a year cooking and traveling in Italy, learning from mentors about pizza and salumi. He has recently traveled to Israel on to prepare meals for groups there alongside Chef Michael Solomonov of Philadelphia, a longtime friend.
Alon opened Pizza Domenica, a casual spin-off of Domenica Restaurant, in uptown New Orleans in the spring of 2014.
News | The Roosevelt New Orleans - Part 3
therooseveltneworleans.com, 10 Feb 2009 [cached]
John Besh And Alon Shaya Partner To Open Domenica
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With Alon Shaya, former chef de cuisine at Besh Steak in New Orleans, as executive chef and partner with John Besh, Domenica will open in June 2009, serving an extensive menu of rustic Italian fare in a lively, open dining room seating about 120 at private or long communal tables.
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Shaya is smitten to the point of obsession with the unpretentious country fare he encountered during his year-long sabbatical in Italy, and the dishes and setting of Domenica are smartly fitted to suit his passion.
"This is exactly the sort of food everyone likes to eat - simple, approachable and honest," Shaya says, "prepared with skill and infinite care."
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Shaya spent time northeast of Milan, traveling as much as he could to places like Venice, Tuscany and Trentino Alto Adige, tasting, watching and learning. He favored the small Italian towns and countryside establishments where proud artisans have created their products and, in turn, dishes under the same azure skies in the shade of the same ancient cedars using the same ingredients, techniques and equipment handed down through the generations.
"These were not Michelin-starred restaurants," Shaya explains, "but what I came to understand was authentic Italian culture."
Working in these tiny, family-run operations, Shaya has been privy to authentic, long-established recipes and techniques. Performing all tasks as a full-time line cook, he has had the opportunity to perfect the methods for perfectly crusted pizza, exquisitely handmade pastas, pillowy gnocchi, fire-roasted vegetables and creamy risotto.
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The chef and his staff are not all that is awaiting Domenica's opening: there is also a small stockpile of 1,500 pounds of salumi slowly curing, and prosciuttos and hams that have been aging for close to 12 months at the Besh Restaurant Group's shared smoke house at La Provence in Lacombe, La. Shaya packed them away before his Italian adventure and is now refining his menu and preparing additional cured meats, hand-crafted Italian style cheeses, liqueurs and other time-intensive traditional Italian ingredients that cannot be hurried but which are integral to the authentic country Italian fare he learned "living over the store."
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"There's a strong sense of community in rural Italy, just as there is here in New Orleans," Shaya observes, "and this will be a place to rub elbows with neighbors - a loud, fun, boisterous and happy place."
When it comes to pickles and ...
www.eater.com, 1 Dec 2015 [cached]
When it comes to pickles and all things sour, chef Alon Shaya's new and immensely popular ode to Israeli cuisine offers both in spades.
Alon Shaya on James Beard Award ...
www.nola.com, 5 May 2015 [cached]
Alon Shaya on James Beard Award win: "Overwhelming joy."
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Alon Shaya, the chef and co-owner of Domenica, brought home a medal on Monday night (May 4) at the James Beard Award ceremonies in Chicago. Shaya, who also co-owns and operates Pizza Domenica and the recently opened Shaya, won the award in the Best Chef South category.
"The immediate reaction is overwhelming joy," said Shaya by phone on Tuesday morning after a night in Chicago that ended at 4 a.m.
Shaya has been nominated in the same category for the past three years. He won in a category that also featured Vishwesh Bhatt of Oxford, Miss., Jose Enrique of Puerto Rico and fellow New Orleans chefs Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Slade Rushing of Brennan's.
Four other locals were nominated for James Beard Awards in categories that included Outstanding Chef and Outstanding Bar Program, but Shaya was the only New Orleans winner.
Shaya, however, stressed that the award was a victory for both his team and his city.
"It shows that New Orleans is at the top of its game," he said. "That's not because of me. It's because of the entire city and everything that is on going here."
Shaya said the city's reputation is growing.
"When I travel," he said, "and I'm talking about food, they're blown away by New Orleans."
Alon Shaya leading four-chef ...
www.sjlmag.com, 12 Mar 2015 [cached]
Alon Shaya leading four-chef culinary tour of Israel
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Alon Shaya's new Israeli restaurant, Shaya, opened in New Orleans last month.
Four chefs, including Alon Shaya of New Orleans and John Currence of Oxford, Miss., will lead a "once in a lifetime" culinary tour of Israel this summer.
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Shaya has been nominated for Best Chef South for the last three years and been a finalist for the last two.
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Shaya opened his self-named Israeli restaurant, Shaya, in New Orleans last month after being executive chef at Domenica and Pizza Domenica. In 2012 he was named Chef of the Year by New Orleans magazine.
Shaya and Solomonov are long-time friends who have collaborated before.
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In 2011, Shaya was part of a Partnership2Gether trip, coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, that sent four New Orleans chefs to the community's Israeli sister city, Rosh Ha'Ayin. Inspired by the trip, Shaya started adding Israeli flavors to his menus at Domenica and the trip pushed him toward his dream of opening an Israeli restaurant.
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Shaya said the group will taste the best hummus in the world, "world class wines in the same fields they are grown in, meet an artisan goat cheese producer in the Judean Hills and hike up waterfalls in an oasis by the Dead Sea."
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"You will not come back hungry," Shaya said.
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