A trifecta of talent completes what could be called a total transformation at Formento's. The red-sauce Italian spot recently welcomed new executive chef Stephen Wambach, followed by wine director Jen Schmitt. Now, B. Hospitality Co. (The Bristol, Balena) has named Cristiana DeLucca as Formento's first-ever bar director.
DeLucca comes to Formento's after creating the opening cocktail menu at Gold Coast steakhouse behemoth Maple & Ash. Previously, she could be found behind the stick at since-shuttered Drawing Room. Her latest move allows her to tap her Italian roots for a cocktail menu that mirrors an Italian feast. "It bookends the wine program with a before dinner section, after dinner section, and then classic cocktails," DeLucca says.