Italia@RiverCity  © 2015                                                                                 images by Italia Staff/Joni ~ website by Joni iadevaia


Stephen Iadevaia

     corporate executive Chef​

I started in restaurants scooping ice cream at Disney World.

Since then I have never looked back.

I'm a culinary lifer.

I attended and graduated from Culinary Institute of America. 

I have high standards for myself to only serve the best food.

I'm excited to to be at Italia, where we create awesome delicious dishes!

I planned on being an architect. In college I worked in a restaurant because it offered flexible hours that accommodated my class schedule. That's when I made an important discovery. Once I got in the kitchen I realized that's what I really wanted. I left school to pursue my calling and I've never regretted the move. Before being brought on as executive chef at the opening of River City Grill, Stephen was enjoying success as the head chef of the Mangrove Cafe. Mangrove Cafe is River City Grill & Italia's sister restaurant in downtown Naples. Under his leadership River City Grill has been named best restaurant by readers of The Charlotte Sun every year consecutively since 2003. "Being a chef is definitely a journey", he said. His responsibilities include many things these days but, Stephen still spends part of each day cooking on the line. Looking back on what was to be his previous career, he said, "Although as an architect I would make more money, I'd have less stress and not work 16 hour days, I wouldn't have it any other way."

​Doug Amaral

                 chef ~ proprietor

​Chef's Corner

I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and began pursuing my dream of opening restaurants. Italia began in my mind 

after attending the

"Naples Winter Wine 

Festival" a few years back, I shared a FEW glasses of fine

wine with (famous chef/restaurateur)

Mario Batali.

During our conversation

(and subsequent lift home in his limo)

I asked for his advice on Italian cuisine.

He said, "Take your 7 ingredients, drop them

to 5, then make them the best and freshest you can buy - keep it simple, clean, and fresh, "That's Italian"


ITALIA at River City Grill!!

​Doug Woodward

                   kitchen manager