Chef/owner Jason O’Toole has been achieving career success since the young age of 17 when he set off to be a part of the team at Le Cirque in New York City. Shortly after his time with Le Cirque he continued on to complete his studies at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Jason took the talent he acquired from his practice at the CIA to London to work for Chef Gordon Ramsay at his Claridge’s restaurant. He then returned to MA to work in various chef positions around Boston and Cape Cod. Prior to starting Pizza Barbone, Jason had been working as a personal chef for several years on board a privately owned yacht and at the owner’s various residences. While traveling down the east coast in October of 2009, the boat made a stop in Charleston, S.C. where Jason found himself at a restaurant by the name of Extra Virgin Oven (EVO). During his visit to the wood fired pizza restaurant, he met the chefs and owners of EVO and learned about their story of starting off traveling around to local farmers markets with their mobile oven and working with the fresh local ingredients from the Charleston farming community. The very next day Jason returned to the restaurant to purchase the mobile oven they had for sale and the story of Pizza Barbone began. By May of 2010 Jason was operating his mobile oven at public events and farmers markets on Cape Cod. He quickly established a large following of customers booking private parties and has successfully continued with that to today.
In the winter of 2012 Jason excitedly signed a lease on his first brick and mortar location for Pizza Barbone on Main St. in Hyannis. Through the Spring he worked tirelessly with the crew building out his new space and proudly opened the doors for his first customers on Father’s Day weekend. Jason enjoys talking with as many of his guests in the restaurant as he can and looks forward to all of the years of Neapolitan pizzas he will be bringing to the visitors, residents and customers of Pizza Barbone.
Alison and Jason have a strong relationship together that has made them the great team that they are, in life and business. Ali loves to be in the restaurant with Jason, where she cheerily greets their customers, oversees management of the front of house and also manages some of the administrative operations of the business. Ali also tends to a lot of the mobile oven events and works hard to help deliver an excellent product to Pizza Barbone’s customers.
When Ali is not at the restaurant or onsite at a mobile event, she is working at her full time job with Robert K. Fox Building where she gets to enjoy her passion for home design and decor.
Ali and Jason are over the moon with one another and with their dream of a successful restaurant.