The Prime Guys Welcome Chef Paul Desiano
to Prime Taco Team!
The Prime Guys, who have brought you Ridgefield Prime and Prime Burger, have teamed up with an exciting new chef for the most recent addition to the Ridgefield restaurant scene, Prime Taco. Chef Paul Desiano will be joining owners Ed Bistany, Bob Sperry, and Anthony Valente in the operation of Prime Taco, focusing mainly on menu and recipe creation. Desiano has been the Director of Food Services at Ridgefield Academy for the past 5 years and will continue that role of building and maintaining an exemplary food program at RA while additionally partnering with the Prime team.
Paul Desiano has been cooking professionally for 15 years since his start at Aquavit in NYC. Desiano met his wife Ai while in Aquavit's kitchen and the two began their journey cooking through life together. They have worked in some of New York’s finest restaurants including Babbo, A Voce, Café Boulud to name a few. In 2010 Paul and Ai opened Cello in Ridgefield and enjoyed success creating contemporary dishes with modern cooking techniques. "My wife and I are so excited to join the Prime Family" said Desiano, "We absolutely love what we do at Ridgefield Academy but would be remiss not to admit that a part of us misses the restaurant scene. We feel so lucky to continue our work with the kids while also being a part of an exciting restaurant group that Prime is building. It really is the best of both worlds. "
Paul has a passion for embracing locally sourced ingredients in his cooking, which started during his time at The Tasting Room in the East Village. During his tenure at this establishment, Paul curated the daily menu based on what ingredients were available at the Union Square Farmers Market. This continued passion for locally sourced ingredients has followed him to Ridgefield Academy where he and Ai work tirelessly sourcing ingredients that both supports the local community and provides the Ridgefield Academy students the most natural, from scratch lunches possible.
The Prime Team is thrilled to welcome Paul and Ai to the team and can't wait to showcase the creation of a fresh and delicious Mexican-themed menu including a selection of signature tacos, as well as a “make your own” burrito, quesadilla, taco and salad options. "I had so much fun in creating the menu. We tried to walk a fine line between traditional flavors yet still allowing our tacos that "California Cool" touch, all while still staying family friendly" said Desiano. The best news of all? This time around the Prime Guys are offering a limited selection of libations to compliment the delicious food – margaritas, sangria, craft beer and wine.