Guam Diner Bytes: New Chef at Al Dente

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy

Please join us in extending a hearty “Hafa Adai” to Cristiano Pozzi, the new chef de cuisine at Al Dente Ristorante. He has now been on Guam for just over a month and was happy to get a break from Tokyo’s chilly winter weather! Of course he’ll be much happier when he is joined by his wife, Akiko, and son, Oscar Aguri.

Cristiano was born and raised in the Lake Como region in Northern Italy. He was previously Italian Chef at the Mori Building Rippongi Hills Club by Hyatt, sous chef at Armani Ristorante Tokyo, and Chef at Officina di Enrico Tokyo.

We were delighted to make his acquaintance on a Sunday night visit to Al Dente where we were able to watch his young kitchen team work their magic under his guidance. One of the junior chefs was Mac Daniel Dimla, Team Captain for the winning Simon Sanchez HS ProStart team (he was actually an alternate member for the competition held last year when they won 1st place at the Nationals.

I was able to get Chef Pozzi to assemble his team for a group photo. I should also mention that Maravic Capati was a member of that winning team last year! Regine had made the journey to the Nationals the year before! After dinner we were chatting with Chef Pozzi when he informed me that my very good friend and colleague from the Saipan Hyatt Regency, Chef Gabriele Colombo, was in the Hyatt upstairs with his family. He later joined us, making our evening more memorable!

Since we are talking about the Hyatt, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate our good friend Sophia Chiu Wigsten on her promotion to General Manager. She is the first local and lady general manager! We are all so very proud of her achievement; she has worked many years and there is no one better qualified or suited.

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