Restaurateur, author, and television personality, Donatella Arpaia has become an influential woman in the world of food, business, and entertaining. After a brief period as a corporate attorney, she re-discovered the undeniable passion that began as a child spending summers in Italy suspended in the beauty of family, food, and shared moments, and opened her first restaurant Bellini in 1998. Donatella has subsequently lent her brand and expertise to a string of successful and highly acclaimed restaurants, including davidburke & donatella, Kefi, and the Michelin starred Anthos to name a few, and recently opened Donatella Pizzeria and Restaurant & DBar to rave reviews in NYC. There is no doubt why Zagat crowned her “hostess with the mostest” and the New York Post named her one of the “most powerful woman” in Manhattan.
On television, Donatella brings her modern and sophisticated sensibility to the Food Network as a head judge on both Iron Chef America & Next Iron Chef. She is also a regular contributor to the Today Show where she delivers her simple yet elegant entertaining tips and culinary creations.
As an author, Donatella penned Donatella Cooks (2010), a sassy guide to cooking and entertaining with flair. Writing with humor, wit, and practicality, she covers every element of a great evening, from super simple yet delectable food to the perfect music, drinks, and décor.
She recently brought her signature brand to HSN with food and homewares.
Donatella lives in New York with her husband, renowned heart surgeon Dr. Allan Stewart and son, cultivating a balanced life, devouring every moment with her own spirited style.