Pino Maffeo Named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs, Boston native Pino Maffeo is an award-winning chef known for his innovative blending of Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. He has helmed a string of acclaimed restaurants from San Francisco to Boston, including Inn at the Opera, Sage, Restaurant L, and Il Molo. Maffeo has appeared on NBC’s Today show, Good Morning America, and Food Network, as well as been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Boston Globe, Bon Appetit, Food Arts, and others. Experience After graduating from culinary school Pino Maffeo headed west to San Francisco, where he worked under classically trained chefs who opened his eyes to world cuisine and introduced him to new ingredients and flavors. He brought those influences back with him to Boston, running the highly acclaimed Restaurant L, which was named one of the “Top Ten New Restaurants of the Year” by Travel + Leisure, “Best New Restaurants in the World” in Robb Report’s Best of the Best issue, and garnered Maffeo recognition as one of “Boston’s Best New Faces.” Matteo opened Il Molo in 2016, a highly regarded seafood restaurant in Boston’s historic North End Pier. In 2021, he was awarded Chef of the Year by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.