2016: Remodeled Bradley Fair Bella Luna Cafe reopens
Giovanni D’angelo, a Milan-born chef who cooked in Kansas City for 30 years before moving to Wichita in December to help start Vora, said he left the restaurant a little more than a month ago. And when word got out that he was departing, he said, he was put in touch with Matteo Taha, the founder and owner of Wichita’s two Bella Luna Cafe restaurants, at 2132 N. Rock Road and at 2441 N. Maize Road.
Taha asked him to work for him.
“It was a better opportunity,” D’angelo said.
He’s been in his new job for a month and a half.
Taha said he was impressed with D’angelo’s credentials and also thought he was a nice guy. He offered to make him the general manager and executive chef of the Bella Luna Restaurants.
“He is very good, very humble and very knowledgeable,” Taha said. “He knows what he’s doing. He has some experience.”
D’angelo, who is based at the Rock Road Bella Luna, is a presence in the front of the house and also helps plan and execute the restaurants’ specials, he said.
Brad Steven, who co-owns Vora with is brother, Brent, said that the restaurant has not filled the head chef job but instead “put together a team of culinary professionals that are working together to maintain and improve a European fusion menu.”
He said they’ve added some new items recently, including a Spanish paella and a bierock with a French flair.
Before coming to Wichita, D’angelo worked as a chef for the Hyatt in Kansas City. He also once worked for Garozzo’s in Kansas City.