Melissa Muller is a restaurateur, professional cook and writer, specializing in Sicilian cuisine. Melissa was born in New York, but owes her passion for food to childhood summers spent in her grandmother’s Sicilian rural village. As a teenager, she started cooking to relive the scents of Sicily in her New Jersey home when away from her beloved island.
At the age of 22, Melissa’s childhood dream of opening a restaurant came to fruition, when she designed and developed an Italian country-style restaurant in Greenwich Village, which she successfully operated and owned for the duration of the restaurant’s lease.
In 2010, Melissa opened Eolo, a self-professed “love letter to Sicily,” in Chelsea. Inspired by her childhood adventures and her fascination with the food culture of the region, Eolo’s seasonal menus reflect the history and cultural calendar of Sicily.
Melissa is writing her first book, entitled “Sicily: The Cookbook. Recipes Rooted In Tradition” (Rizzoli), which will be on bookshelves in April 2017.
She’s a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and of The French Culinary Institute.
Watch Melissa tour Sicily with Mike Colameco: