Anthony Rossi – General Manager
As General Manager of Enolo Wine Café, Anthony Rossi is as bubbly as his favorite wine, champagne, as he is with the guests who visit the restaurant day in and day out. Behind the scenes, he takes hospitality and service very seriously—training his staff to make the wine list robust, yet approachable, and ensuring guests leave knowing they had superior service. It is this approach, preparing his staff with a purpose before the doors open, that allows him to loosen up and have fun while he is on the floor.
At first, working in the restaurant industry was just a side gig for Rossi. He worked as a sales executive during the day, but was not feeling fulfilled, so he decided to seek a part-time job within the restaurant business at night. It did not take long for Rossi to realize that the wine he spoke so passionately about was less than a hobby and more of a new career path. It was then that Rossi received his Certified Diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and began apprenticing with some of the greatest. Rossi has held jobs at a number of highly respected restaurants throughout Chicago including Michelin-starred Sepia under the 2015 Jean Banchet Best Sommelier Arthur Hon, as well as Sixteen at the Trump, Ria and Courtright’s.
Before accepting the position of General Manager at Enolo Wine Café, Rossi was busy building a globally influenced wine program at C Chicago, the seafood-focused sister restaurant of Chicago Cut Steakhouse. With such an esteemed pedigree, Rossi has brought his premiere management philosophies with him to Enolo Wine Café. Rossi finds it of utmost importance to treat his employees exactly how he expects them to treat his guests. He states, “positive energy starts at the top and flows throughout the staff directly to the guests.” It is his hope that each diner has an experience similar to his favorite ones—one of singularity. He plans to strengthen the already talented team at Enolo, and ensure that the restaurant’s wine, food, and service separate Enolo Wine Café from every other spot in the neighborhood.
When Rossi is not pairing wines by the palette, he takes some time for himself to golf and surf, or spend it enjoying the company of his 12 year old daughter, Reilly.