David Massoni brings more than twenty years of restaurant experience to the Three Kings Restaurant Group. He started at the age of fifteen working in his parents’ Zagat rated and Wine Spectator award-winning hotel and restaurant, the Imperial Hotel, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
David moved to NYC in 1997 and spent his first three years under the tutelage of Chef/Owner Henry Meer at The Cub Room Restaurant in Soho and City Hall Restaurant in Tribeca. David’s next position was opening and running a high-end dining experience nestled inside of the popular nightclub Lotus in NYC‘s Meatpacking District.
David took some time to study in Napa Valley at the Culinary Institute of America. While there he received an offer from Chef Mario Batali that would begin a six year professional relationship. Starting out as Maitre’d at Mario’s Italian seafood restaurant Esca, followed by being a part of the opening as Service Director of Otto Pizzeria e Enoteca and finishing as Service Director at Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, the restaurant was arguably the number one Italian restaurant in the USA at the time.
Spending time abroad was next on David’s list; for one year he completely immersed himself with food, wine and service in Northern Italy. His experience began in the vineyards of Friuli working the harvest. Next up was an apprenticeship at the Michelin-starred restaurant La Ciau del Tornavento in Piemonte. During the next six months Chef-Owner Maurillio Garola pushed David through the paces of every aspect of his restaurant. David’s second apprenticeship was at La Gallina, part of the Moccagatta Family’s award-winning wine estate and hotel, Villa Sparina in Piemonte.
Upon returning to NYC David continued to work at some of the city’s best Italian restaurants, including ‘inoteca as General Manager for three years, before striking out on his own with longtime friend John Bush. The pair opened Thistle Hill Tavern in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, which quickly garnered a neighborhood following. Immediately after the success of their first restaurant the pair linked up with Chef Dale Talde, who had just come off of competing on a season of “Top Chef”, to open TALDE restaurant in 2012. In 2015, Dale, John and David opened their second location of TALDE in Jersey City, and their third in The Confidante Hotel in Miami Beach.
This year, the Three Kings Restaurant Group made their first foray into Manhattan, with the openings of Massoni, Barlo and The Heights, all within the ARLO NoMad Hotel. They also added on another Brooklyn outpost, with the opening of Atlantic Social Club, across from the Barclays Center, and have plans to plant their seed in Chinatown this summer, with the openings of The Crown, Rice & Gold and Green Lady, all within the new Hotel 50 Bowery.
David lives in South Orange, New Jersey with his wife Rachel, their son Luca and daughter Olive.