Antonio Matarazzo co-owns Stellina Pizzeria in Washington, D.C.’s fast-growing Union Market District.
Originally from Avellino, Italy, Matarazzo turned to his upbringing on the southern Italian coast to develop Stellina’s fine-casual concept that modernizes the traditional Italian pizzeria with style and creativity. He previously served as managing partner of the upscale Italian trio Lupo Verde, Lupo Verde Osteria and Lupo Marino. Drawing inspiration for the name, which translates to “green wolf,” from his hometown, Matarazzo was instrumental in conceiving and growing the brand from its flagship location on 14th Street NW to the Palisades and most recently to District Wharf.
Before his years of experience building and expanding Lupo Verde, Matarazzo was the brand manager for a group of top international beers, and helped Italian brewery Peroni reach the highest draft sales in the country. He began his hospitality career stateside in 2006 as a manager of the sophisticated Peppercorn Duck Club at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Matarazzo earned his Bachelor of Science in the Economy of Tourism & Events at the University of Perugia while also working as the general manager of La Tana dell'Orso Wine Bar from 2002-2006.