Born in Milan, in the Lombardia region of Italy, Mario’s passion for wine comes naturally. Growing up near the historic Valtellina wine region, he was intrigued with winemaking and the producers of this land.
After obtaining his master’s degree in journalism and literature, Mario worked as a journalist for 10 years in Italy. Upon moving to Toronto in 2007, he embarked on his career in wine, working as Head Sommelier for Buca Restaurants as well as the prestigious Don Alfonso 1890. Currently he is the Wine Director and Assistant General Manager of Capra’s Kitchen. Mario developed and implemented wine training programs for his staff which he feels are crucial to elevating the dining experience for the guests. He has achieved the Italian Wine Scholar, Spanish Wine Scholar, Burgundy Master level and Bordeaux Master Level with highest honours. He also holds a Master Level in Champagne and Provence. As a certified sommelier from the Italian Sommelier Association, the Court of Master Sommeliers and he is also pursuing the Certified Wine Educator Certification from the Society of Wine Educators.
Mario brings an international experience to his years as a professional sommelier. His love of collaboration and communication when it comes to wine education are evident as he is a regular contributor for the Wine Scholar Guild’s webinar series.