Michael Scelfo

Chef

Eating in Boston at one of Michael Scelfo’s restaurants is like pulling up a chair at his own dinner table—simple dishes, quality ingredients and good conversation. The Scelfos are originally from Italy; Michael grew up slow-stirring his grandmother’s red sauce, and his Italian family has inspired his love for food. His menus offer variety—think veg-forward fare at Cambridge’s Alden & Harlow, named one of the “Best Restaurants in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler, and pastas at Waypoint, one of Food & Wine‘s and Bon Appetit’s “Best New Restaurants”—that passion continues to flavor his dishes. 

Michael, himself a James Beard Award semifinalist for best chef, has maintained perhaps the most important element of a good meal: quality ingredients. He’ll serve you only what he’d serve his family. Chef’s promise. 

Why We Love Michael Scelfo

Michael doesn’t take his craft too seriously. His dishes are deliciously simple. His motto: “Serious food does not have to be pretentious.” We can get on board with that.

“I come from a large Italian family where my mom and grandmother cooked. Food was the center of our social world. When we came together, it was usually focused around the table.”

“I genuinely just want to make people happy.”

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