MARISSA LOVELY & GINA PEZZA, General Manager and Executive Chef VANDA CUCINA

Leading Ladies 2023


General Manager Marissa Lovely and Executive Chef Gina Pezza bring unmatched experience, discipline, and drive to their roles at VANDA CUCINA, an authentic Italian restaurant inspired by owner Dino Passaretta’s mother.

Marissa holds a BS in Business Administration and worked in service and hospitality at a premier cigar lounge in Providence for 10 years before joining the team at Vanda when they first opened in 2019. Gina has a BS in Food Management as well as an Associate’s in Culinary Arts, and consistently brings the Passaretta family recipes to life. Together with her talent, Marissa’s leadership, and Dino’s vision, Vanda has made its mark on the culinary scene in Rhode Island.

“They both have immense pride, accountability, and loyalty to their careers, which has only grown over their five years as leaders,” says Dino. But their biggest source of inspiration is their

customers, who feel more like family. “Both of their love and passion continue to inspire and bring joy to so many. I have great teammates in these two and am ever thankful for them.”

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