Jeff Spiegel & Katie Gardner, Owners/Operators
Nearly six years ago, Jeff and Katie decided to open another restaurant--this time in Albuquerque. This was a dramatic decision, having left behind the restaurant business in 2006 after 23 years and 11 restaurants in NYC. Now, fully committed to building their business in NM, the two, together with partner John Haas, opened a restaurant, a market & deli and recently M’tucci’s Moderno, in Rio Rancho, across from Rust Medical Center.
“We are building a retail food business here that we are defining by our commitment to perfection!” - Jeff
Recently, five additional members of the M'Tucci family have been made partners: Sherri Rivenburgh, Austin Leard, Cory Gray, Shawn Cronin and Chris O'Sickey. We are confident that with their leadership we will get better and stronger for years to come.
John Haas, Brand Executive Chef/Founding Partner
John is a partner at M’tucci’s and the company’s Executive Chef. John, 33 years old, has passion for food, the drive to excel, the skill to organize, and the old fashioned desire to see that the members of his kitchens’ staff develop to the fullest of their potential.
Before joining the M'tucci family in 2013, John was a General Manager of two restaurants, as well as Executive Chef at Bravo Cucina! in Albuquerque and Des Moines. We are proud of John’s natural inclination to produce food that Italians and New Mexicans recognize and love while continually bringing exciting new tastes to our plates and our palates.
Cory Gray, Executive Chef/Partner
Shawn Cronin, Sous Chef/Partner
M'tucci's Italian Market & Pizzaria
Cory and Shawn had been collaborating for years prior to the opening of M’tucci’s Market & Pizzaria and continue as they bake, cook, age, and cure their way to creative culinary bliss.
Prior to joining M’tucci’s, Cory was the Chef at Farina Alto in Albuquerque, a restaurant he helped launch and where he began the meat curing program for their pizzas. Before Farina Alto, Cory worked at the Artichoke Café for six years and from there went to Farina.
Shawn came to us from Farm and Table, where he was the Sous Chef. Like Cory, he had previously worked at Farina Alto as Sous Chef as well as Artichoke Café and Farina.
Austin Leard, Bar & Restaurant Manager/Partner
Austin Leard joined the M’tuccis family when M’tucci’s Italian opened in July of 2013. He began as a bartender and became the restaurant’s Manager and Partner.
Prior to joining the team, Austin was a sales representative for Favorite Brands, a boutique purveyor of fine wines and spirits. Austin worked on the sales side of the beverage industry for seven years, during which time he refined his palate and became one of the area’s leading mixologists. Austin is also the business’ beverage manager and collaborates with John Haas matching food and beverage to the taste delight of our guests.
Chris O’Sickey, General Manager/Partner at M’tucci’s Italian
Chris started working at Italian when we opened in 2013. After nearly 20 years in the restaurant business working as a chef, managing kitchens, and opening restaurants for Texas Roadhouse across the country, he has found a home at Italian.
Chris is in charge of the overall operation at M’tucci’s Italian, including the kitchen and the front of the house.