When Nerano in Beverly Hills needed a new maitre d’, the owners recruited a familiar face from parent company Toscana Restaurant Group.
Francesco Greco took over earlier this summer, marking a return to the family after serving in a similar role in Tuscany in Brentwood for 15 years before departing for a new chapter in Hawaii. His career with Toscana Restaurant Group began in the mid-1990s when he moved to Los Angeles from Rome and helped the brand build a reputation for warm hospitality during his tenure.
At the upscale Italian restaurant Nerano, which opened in 2016 and located at 9960 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Greco joins owners Andy and Carlo Brandon-Gordon and executive chef Michele Lisi. According to the restaurant’s official information, Andy and Carlo created the vision for Nerano after many trips to the Italian Amalfi Coast. The menu includes pizza, pasta, specialty dishes, raw appetizers, and craft cocktails from bar leader Laird Truex. Toscana Restaurant Group also features Toscana, Bar Toscana, Nerano, SY Kitchen and Nella Kitchen & Bar.
“After a 10-year hiatus on Maui, returning to Los Angeles and working at Nerano and the Toscana group is a dream come true,” says Greco, who spent a decade on Maui. “A dream that will be enhanced by a greater sense of aloha.”
This story first appeared in the July 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here for subscribe