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Emmett & Lisa Fox

Emmett's fascination with food began in Memphis, TN at the age of 18 working at John Grisanti's. After graduation from The Culinary Institute of America, he worked at Cafe Annie in Houston. In 1985 Emmett moved to Boston, MA as chef of The Wild Goose in Fanueil Hall. During his following experience at BNU and Arturo's Ristorante, he discovered his niche for Italian cooking. It is also where he met fellow chef and wife to be, Lisa.

Cooking has been a passionate hobby for Lisa since she received her first cookbook at age 8. After college she decided her commitment was in the restaurant business and opened her own catering company. She turned her interest to restaurant cooking and was educated at Boston's famed, Icarus. It is here that she gained her confidence and creativeness in all areas of cooking.

Emmett and Lisa moved to Austin in 1992. Emmett's jobs included an Executive Chef job overseeing BitterEnd, Mezzaluna and Granite Cafe, and serving on the board for the Hill Country Wine & Food Festival. Lisa gained a reputation as one of Austin's top pastry chefs while working at 612 West, Coyote Cafe and Sardine Rouge. Opening ASTI Trattoria in 2000 was the sweet culmination of twenty years of culinary passion. Emmett and Lisa continue their love of travel and frequent trattorias, vineyards, bistros and 4-star restaurants all over the Mediterranean. FINO opened in 2005 to reflect the culinary expereinces from their travels. The concept favors their style of dining, offering small plates for the sharing and experiencing of different flavors.

Executive Chef
Jason Donoho

Jason, 27, is the executive chef of the Volpe Restaurant Group. Originally from Texas, Jason grew up living in the Caribbean and South America. His culinary background started as a prep cook & dishwasher as a teenager in Puerto Rico.

At 17, Jason moved to California, spent time in San Francisco & Napa, California working with among others, Chef Elizabeth Falkner at Citizen Cake and Chef Mark Franz at Farallon. After these kitchens, Jason split time between Alaska & Austin working in high end concepts, Jeffrey's & the Four Seasons Hotel.

Jason's talents were quickly recognizable to Emmett & Lisa after joining the ASTI kitchen in 2007, and it was shortly there after that he was asked to assume control of FINO's menu.
In September of 2009, Jason became Executive Chef of ASTI Trattoria and FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar. Bringing equal enthusiasm and talent to ASTI's classic Italian fare. His responsibilities now include menu creation, cost controls and back of the house management for two of Austin's highly respected restaurants.

Wine Director
Josh Loving

The only 'True' Texan of the bunch, Josh Loving was born in Houston & grew up in Corpus Christi. In 1999, Josh moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, majoring in History and minoring in Business. In 2002, Josh turned down an opportunity to attend culinary school in Lyon, France deciding instead to finish his degree at UT. His interest in the food & cooking started at an early age and continues to grow. While in college, he worked in the kitchens of some of Austin's finest restaurants. Working with chefs & servers in a fine dining environment piqued his interest in wine & it's relationship with food.

After moving from the kitchen to the dining room, Josh's interest in wine & spirits grew more. He began studying wine through the subjects that interested him in college, history & geography. He became the wine director for FINO in 2006 & for ASTI in 2008. In 2008, Josh completed the Certified Sommelier course from the Court of Master Sommeliers. In 2009, he traveled to France & Italy to visit many of the estates & appellations of the wines he had come to love and purchase for his wine lists.