Owner and Manager

Sam has over 40 years experience in the Event and Restaurant industries.  He and his family began their journey toward the American Dream as they moved to Hartford, CT from the Greek Island of Rhodes.  Sam quickly found a place in the industry – he took a job washing dishes at the age of 14 year young. He learned quickly moving up from waiter, pizza maker to cook.  Sam open his very first restaurant at the age of 21 — the Apollo Restaurant in Vernon.  He has since opened and run over 11 restaurant concepts.

Sam’s experiences afforded him the hands on education of the restaurant industry.  Today he applies his expert experience managing & creating at La Notte and the Sunset Tavern at the Suffield Country Club.


Executive Head Chef

Joe’s soul has always been in the kitchen. Knowing he wanted to be a chef, even as a young boy in Portugal, skillfully watching and learning from his mother in the kitchen.  She was his mentor, sharing with him the Art of Food — how it can bring family and friends together with such joy.  Joe carries that art and joy with him, to La Notte, bringing people together for your special event. Creating unique and colorful dishes that are as beautiful, as they are delicious.  Joe is attentive to every detail and dedicated to the experience of dining. Joe has been Executive Chef to: Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, Ronald Reagan, The Mob Wives, Duran Duran, Jackson 5, Phil Collins, Rebecca Lobo, Bill Joel, Journey, The Commodores … AND MORE! He can’t wait to prepare a special menu for your BIG day.


Wedding Coordinator & Banquet Manager

Ashley has a PASSION for events. Her education includes a BA in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and Journalism. Boasting over a decade of experience in many facets of the Wedding and Event Planning industry, she will be your Go to Girl planning your next BIG event.

Ashley is incredibly well versed in every detail of event planning. Her diverse experiences from coordinating HUGE events, fundraisers & concerts, at Six Flags New England — to staying up on top of wedding & beauty trends through her relationships developed while working in the Bridal Design industry. Ashley knows events & weddings inside out. She continues to combine her in-depth knowledge of local vendors, design skills and impeccable taste to bring together custom ideas to match your personality and event style.


Banquet Director

Diane’s diverse experience in the restaurant industry makes her a perfect fit at La Notte.  From waitressing, to bartending and working banquets — Diane knows how to keep guests happy and well fed.  No wonder she’s been an itegral part of the La Notte family for over 17 years.