Michael White

Michael White

New York

About Michael White

Michael White is the Head Chef and Owner of the Altamarea Group, which is composed of the restaurants Marea, Chop Shop, Ai Fiori, Vaucluse, Osteria Morini, Nicoletta, Restaurante Morini, Osteria Morini and Due Mari in New Jersey, Al Molo in Hong Kong, and the delivery restaurant, Costata. Marea has earned two Michelin stars and is a member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux. The restaurant, Ai Fiori has also earned a Michelin star.


  • Two Stars (Marea)
    Michelin Guide
  • One Star (Ai Fiori)
    Michelin Guide
  • Best New Restaurant (Marea)
    James Beard Foundation
  • Nominee for Best Chef: New York City
    James Beard Foundation
  • Three Stars (Ai Fiori, Marea)
    The New York Times
  • Best New Restaurant (Ai Fiori, Marea)
    Esquire magazine
  • Author
    Classico e Moderno
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in NYC

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Fusilli with octopus and bone marrow
$$$$, Full Bar, Seafood, Italian, Midtown
"The perfectly rolled fusilli at Marea is populated with a generous serving of braised octopus and rich bone marrow. Whether I'm enjoying a solo dining experience or entertaining guests at my table, I always enjoy this dish with a nicely chilled glass of Chablis–it's the perfect pairing."
$$$, Happy Hour, Full Bar, Italian, Lower Manhattan
"Osteria Morini is one of the best spots in the entire city for pasta. It's all hand made and always perfectly cooked and sauced. I love the garganelli served with cream, peas, truffle butter and prosciutto. Also the torcia with squid ink, shrimp and a seppia ragù. It has an unreal combination of a deep, complex sauce and perfectly tender seafood."
$$$$, Happy Hour, Full Bar, Italian, Midtown
"Michael White is my pasta hero. The spaghetti is one of my favorites: spaghetti with crab, fresh pasta, and chiles—amazing!"