Michael and Christina Gyetvan met at Tra Vigne in the early 1990s, where Michael was Chef de Cuisine and partner. They opened their first restaurant, Pizza Azzurro, at its original location on Second Street in downtown Napa. As early believers in the City of Napa Downtown scene, they eventually outgrew the Second Street space, renamed the restaurant Azzurro Pizzeria & Enoteca, and in 2008 developed a beautiful and expanded new space on Main Street at the north end of Napa’s restaurant row. Subsequently, in late 2009, Michael and Christina opened their second restaurant, the Norman Rose Tavern, anchoring Napa’s West End District on First Street, just around the corner from the original Azzurro location.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York, Michael developed his keen culinary skills under the tutelage of acclaimed chefs Michael Chiarello and Bradley Ogden, having led the kitchens at Tra Vigne, One Market and the Lark Creek Inn. His time and experience within those kitchens has fueled his philosophy of simplicity and freshness in every meal he prepares. Now that both Azzurro Pizzeria and the Norman Rose Tavern have achieved such tremendous accolades and success, Michael is now considered one of Wine Country’s top performing chefs and restaurateurs.
Both Michael and Christina are avid outdoors-people, enjoying skiing, cycling, kayaking and gardening – and anything that involves family. They are the proud parents of four children, Caitlin, Kellie, Cassidy and Kobi. The Gyetvan home is also a venerable Noah’s Ark, with a German Shepherd named Stella, a Cattle Dog Mix named Angus, and two cats named Mimi and Quiddles.
Azzurro Pizzeria and Enoteca and the Norman Rose Tavern each offer fresh, locally sourced, satisfying, and unpretentious food and drink at reasonable prices, and both enjoy that magic reputation as both a local favorite and a visitor destination.