Donatella Arpaia

Donatella Arpaia Bio

Donatella Arpaia is the trailblazing attorney-turned-culinary mogul who has become one of the most influential women in the world of food. Donatella opened her first restaurant, Bellini, in 1998 and then subsequently opened a string of successful and highly acclaimed restaurants in New York City, including the newly re-opened Mia Dona, Anthos, Kefi — as well EOS and bistro e, in Miami. She opened her ninth restaurant, Donatella, and her first bar, Dbar, in 2010. Zagat crowned Donatella as "The Hostess with the Mostest," Crain's named her one of its "40 under 40" and the New York Post named Donatella one of the "Most Powerful Women" in Manhattan. Recently, Donatella became a recurring guest judge on the Food Network programs Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef. Her first cookbook, Donatella Cooks: Simple Food Made Glamorous, was released April 13, 2010.