Chef. Sommelier. Restaurateur. Entrepreneur. Winemaker. Television personality. Stephen Asprinio has already established a notable career. Yet the Palm Beach County native considers Charlie & Joe’s at Love Street the highlight. Asprinio’s vision was to create a multifaceted hospitality experience to pioneer the next evolution of waterfront dining in South Florida.
Asprinio began his upward trajectory in the culinary world early. At the age of 19, he became the youngest person to ever pass the United States Sommelier Association certification exam, followed by passing the certificate level examination from the Court of Master Sommeliers when he was just 21. With degrees from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and the Culinary Institute of America, Asprinio has worked with some of the top restaurateurs and chefs in the country, including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto at Nobu in New York City, Drew Nieporent at Lucca at the Boca Resort & Club, and Chef Michael Mina at Nobhill Tavern at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. His first restaurant, Forté di Asprinio in West Palm Beach, garnered numerous accolades, including being named “One of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the United States” by the Gayot Restaurant Guide.
Appearances on Top Chef, The View, and the Today Show helped to solidify Asprinio as an ambassador to the food and wine world. His firm, SA Hospitality Ventures, specializes in restaurant concept development, operational infrastructure, project management, and strategic business planning for hospitality start-up ventures. Asprinio’s most recent projects prior to developing Charlie & Joe’s at Love Street include The Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs and 1000 NORTH in Jupiter.