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Chef/Owner John LaPosta

Chef John LaPosta has had a long and exciting career path which has landed him in the restaurant of his dreams. Along with his partner, Tina Kruger, he has created a wonderful American Gastropub full of great energy, fine hospitality, and of course, outstanding food. For nearly the past decade they owned and operated the highly successful Maestros in Saratoga Springs which they sold in July of 2015.

It is his passion for excellence, beaming hospitality and tireless work that have been the hallmarks of John's 30+ years as one of the Capital Region’s most popular chefs. He is known for his outstanding food that he serves for "real" people in a fun and unassuming style. His simple philosophy has always been "put the love on plate." In doing this, people feel comfortable when reading his menus and do not feel as if they need be a chef themselves to understand it.

John spent four years as the Executive Chef at the legendary Jack's Oyster House in Albany and attributes much of his "just say yes to the customer" attitude to that experience. He was the creative and culinary force behind the highly successful Conservatory Grille in Clifton Park in the early 90’s, which was voted the "Best New Restaurant" by both The New York State Restaurant Association and Metroland Magazine.

Before opening Maestro's he spent almost five years as the Executive Chef and Innkeeper at the Cambridge Hotel, a hidden jewel in Washington County. He is focused and driven to make innovo kitchen the new standard by which all judge the local dining scene.