Stefania Sparacino

Managing  Partner  /  Interior  Designer

Raised  with  an  older  sister  and  brother  in  Los  Angeles,  California,  Stefania  Sparacino  has  spent  the  last  15  years  in  a  variety  of  positions  in  the  Chicago  restaurant  scene,  culminating  in  her  ownership  position  at  PROSECCO.    Prior  to  that,  she  and  her  family  owned  Traveling  Fare,  a  full-­‐‑ service  catering  business  well-­‐‑known  to  the  city’s  social  set,  and  Sparacino’s  Ristorante,  an  intimate  Italian  restaurant.

While  attending  Hinsdale  High  School,  Stefania  Sparacino  toyed  with  the  idea  of  making  acting  her  choice  of  professions.  One  of  the  things  that  drew  her  to  this  profession  was  the  social  aspect  of  being  part  of  a  theatre  production.  Years  later,  the  same  determination  and  charming  personality  that  made  her  a  hit  with  the  theatre  crowd  made  her  highly  successful  in  the  competitive  hospitality  industry.

While  studying  for  a  psychology  degree  at  Loyola  University,  she  was  asked  to  join  the  front  door  staff  at  Topo  Gigio,  then  as  now  one  of  Old  Town’s  most  popular  Italian  restaurants.  Her  easygoing,  enthusiastic  demeanor  was  an  immediate  hit  with  the  Guests,  and  her  ability  to  keep  the  dining  room  moving  in  spite  of  the  constant  crush  of  people  won  over  the  management.  So  sought  after  were  her  skills  in  the  important  front  of  the  house,  that  she  juggled  stints  at  other  popular  River  North  and  Gold  Coast  nightspots,  including  Narcisse  and  Domaine.

In  2001,  the  Sparacino’s  opened  their  namesake  Chicago  restaurant  to  rave  reviews  from  the  local  press.  In  addition  to  the  wonderful  food,  there  was  much  praise  for  the  warm  embrace  that  Guests  felt  when  dining  there.  Much  of  that  can  be  directly  attributed  to  Stefania’s  natural  sense  of  hospitality  and  her  ability  to  make  all  Guests  feel  like  a  member  of  the  family.  Sparacino’s  Ristorante,  closed  in  2008,  formed  the  bedrock  of  the  successful  PROSECCO  operation  and  the  delicious  food  and  wine  and  warm  hospitality  it  was  known  for  continues  to  this  day  at  710  N.  Wells  in  River  North’s  Gallery  District.