Taylor Pagano

Taylor Pagano

Chef at Tavolàta Capitol Hill

Taylor spent the first 13 years of his life growing up in his family’s restaurant. He took a liking to cooking very young and pursued every avenue he could—in high school he even represented the state of Michigan in a national high school culinary competition through Skills USA. His father was a graduate of the CIA, so he naturally followed in his foot steps and spent a couple years in New York. He did a fair amount of moving around trying to see and experience as much as he could until he finally landed on the eastside helping some friends in the early years of their now thriving restaurant. After a short summer in Alaska, Taylor was hired at Staple & Fancy and he's now the chef at Tavolàta on Capitol Hill.

Hometown

Grand Rapids, MI

First Restaurant Job

My family's Italian restaurant

Last Restaurant Job

Seasonal Chef Table in Alaska

Alternate Universe Career

MLB Pitcher

Favorite Late Night Snack

Sandwich

Best Meal Ever

I'm not sure I have experienced it yet. However, any meal surrounded with friends and family is always a stunner!

After Work Hangout

Rabbit Hole (most recently)

Favorite Seattle Restaurants

Din Tai Fung, Kedai Makan, Kizuki Ramen, Il Corvo

Food Philosophy

Keep things simple. Refer to the old classics re-inspired with ingredients that are locally and seasonally available, using strong cooking fundamentals to give respect to the dish and the ingredients used.

Restaurant Pet Peeve

Laziness, no one is too good to do any job that a restaurant demands.

What do you love about Seattle?

It's an hour drive to basically any activity you could enjoy doing outside. For me fishing, hunting, hiking, foraging, etc.

Favorite Place In The World

Haven't been there yet, but Alaska might be in the running.

Memorable Kitchen Disaster

One time I was picking up 350 pounds of live lobster early in the morning in NYC, and for whatever reason they were poorly packed on the pallet that day—so by the time I got to the restaurant and opened the door, lobsters dumped on to the streets of Manhattan and ended up chasing some joggers!

What's On The DVR?

Chefs Table

What's On The Nightstand?

Flavor Bible

What's On The iPod?

Imagine Dragons

Favorite Movie Quote

Yeah, you wish pal!

What Have You Learned?

Not enough.

Meet The Crew

  1. Ethan Stowell

    Ethan Stowell

    CEO & Founder

  2. Steve Hooper

    Steve Hooper

    President

  1. Sennen David

    Sennen David

    VP Marketing & Culture, Beverage Director

  2. Branden Karow

    Branden Karow

    VP Restaurant Operations

  3. Michael Pagana

    Michael Pagana

    VP Development

  4. Val Dixon

    Val Dixon

    VP Finance / CFO

  5. Sandy Smith

    Sandy Smith

    VP Administration

  6. Addam Buzzalini

    Addam Buzzalini

    Executive Chef

  7. Heather Poncet

    Heather Poncet

    Service Director

  8. Gary Silver

    Gary Silver

    Operations Director

  9. Mitch Wittenberg

    Mitch Wittenberg

    Systems Director

  10. Scarlet Keiser

    Scarlet Keiser

    Executive Assistant

  11. Phia McDonnell

    Phia McDonnell

    Events & Catering Manager

  12. Rachel Farley

    Rachel Farley

    Corporate Catering Director

  13. Alcena Plum

    Alcena Plum

    Manager

  14. Ally Reardon

    Ally Reardon

    Manager

  15. Alvin Go

    Alvin Go

    Manager

  16. Ashley Kim

    Ashley Kim

    Manager

  17. Bernadette Biela

    Bernadette Biela

    Operations Chef

  18. Caleb Floyd

    Caleb Floyd

    Manager

  19. Canara Rim

    Canara Rim

    Manager

  20. Christian Padilla

    Christian Padilla

    Sous Chef

  21. Cody Bellflower

    Cody Bellflower

    Chef

  22. Colt Lippincott

    Colt Lippincott

    Sous Chef

  23. Dionne Himmelfarb

    Dionne Himmelfarb

    Pastry Chef

  24. David Kim

    David Kim

    General Manager

  25. Donald Adams

    Donald Adams

    Chef

  26. Evan DeCarufel

    Evan DeCarufel

    Sous Chef

  27. Gabriel Hodges

    Gabriel Hodges

    Manager

  28. Jace Jorgensen

    Jace Jorgensen

    Chef

  29. Jeff DeWitt

    Jeff DeWitt

    Sous Chef

  30. Jessica Rudell

    Jessica Rudell

    Chef

  31. Joe Bee

    Joe Bee

    Manager

  32. John Lundahl

    John Lundahl

    Chef

  33. John Stone

    John Stone

    Sous Chef

  34. Jordan Moore

    Jordan Moore

    Sous Chef

  35. Kelsey Cline

    Kelsey Cline

    Sous Chef

  36. Kris Kalinczok

    Kris Kalinczok

    Chef

  37. Lacey Glatz

    Lacey Glatz

    Cafe Supervisor

  38. Marshall Nall

    Marshall Nall

    Pasta Wrangler

  39. Matthew Boudousquie

    Matthew Boudousquie

    Bar Manager

  40. Meg Posey

    Meg Posey

    Manager/Wine Director

  41. Michael Genardini

    Michael Genardini

    Chef

  42. Michael Gifford

    Michael Gifford

    Chef

  43. Nathan Witt

    Nathan Witt

    Sous Chef

  44. Nicole Matson

    Nicole Matson

    Chef

  45. Noah Zavatsky

    Noah Zavatsky

    Sous Chef

  46. Ricky Wyman

    Ricky Wyman

    General Manager

  47. Ross Crifasi

    Ross Crifasi

    Manager

  48. Roger Harper

    Roger Harper

    Chef

  49. Sara Peterson

    Sara Peterson

    Manager

  50. Sadie White

    Sadie White

    Chef

  51. Scott Siff

    Scott Siff

    Chef

  52. Steve Norkevicus

    Steve Norkevicus

    Sous Chef

  53. Taylor Johnson

    Taylor Johnson

    Chef

  54. Taylor Pagano

    Taylor Pagano

    Chef

  55. Thomas O'Donnell

    Thomas O'Donnell

    Sous Chef

  56. Travis Holder

    Travis Holder

    Sous Chef

  57. Tosh Warnack

    Tosh Warnack

    Sous Chef

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