Joseph Strano was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Chester County. He received a B.A. from Immaculata University and worked at Limoncello Ristorante & Caterers in West Chester as well as Chester Springs, PA before joining the team at Davio’s King of Prussia. Strano says that his father was the most influential individual for him growing up; his father is an Army Veteran who served during Vietnam and owned his own business.
According to Strano “I don’t think of myself as being in the ‘Restaurant Business,’ though I absolutely am. I feel as though ‘people are our business.’ Food is the focal point. Carrying on the Italian tradition of everything revolving around food.”. Strano says it should always be All About the Guest because “I believe in treating every guest that walks through the front door like they are the most important person in the room. Because they are. People can get a decent meal almost anywhere these days. Our goal is to provide an experience, hand tailored to each guests specific expectation. I have met some of the most fascinating people at Davio’s.”
Strano’s favorite memory from working in the restaurant industry is “at a previous restaurant job, we had a guest named Sonny. He came in one night just after closing. He had just arrived from New York and showed up with brother and his elderly mother. We pulled out the chairs, fired up the stove and served this wonderful family. After that, he became a regular and stopped by every time he was in town. I left there and began working at Davio’s. One night just before closing, in walks Sonny, his brother and his mother. We saw each other and immediately laughed and hugged. I got him a table and said, “Sparking for the table, correct?” He nodded and laughed in disbelief that I remembered that from 6 years ago. I have a lot of memories like that.”
Some of Strano’s favorite chefs include Steve DiFillippo, Maria Mingrino and of course, his most greatest chef — his mother.
Strano enjoys spending time with his family outside of work.