Jeff Spiegel & Katie Gardner

Owners / Operators

Just two years ago, in 2013, Jeff and Katie decided to open another restaurant, this time in Albuquerque, 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, have opened a restaurant, a market & deli and recently M’tucci’s Cocina Grill at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  “We are building a retail food business here that we are defining by our commitment to perfection!” 

John Haas

Brand Executive Chef / Founding Partner

John is a partner in 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 team in 2013, John had been a General Manager of two restaurants,  as well as Executive Chef of 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 so to our palates.

Cory Gray - Executive Chef

Shawn Cronin - Sous Chef

M'tucci's Italian Market & Deli

Cory and Shawn had already collaborated for years, before the  opening of M’tucci’s Market & Deli,  and they are at it again 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 which he helped to open and where he began the meat curing program  for their pizzas.  Before Farina, Cory worked at the Artichoke Café for 6 years from 2003 and from there went  to Farina and finally on to Farina Alto.

Shawn came to us from Farm and Table where he was the Sous Chef. He went there from Farina Alto where he was Sous Chef. Before Farina Alto, Shawn worked at both Artichoke Café and Farina.   


Austin Leard

Bar & Restaurant Manager

Austin Leard joined the M’tuccis team when M’tucci’s Italian (the restaurant) opened in July of 2013. He began as a bartender and has become the restaurant’s Manager.

Prior to joining the team, Austin was a sales rep 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.