Family

Tom Maccarone, General Manager & Owner

Growing up in Walla Walla, among a large Italian family, Tom learned at an early age the strong connections between food, wine, family and friends. Having worked in his parent’s Walla Walla restaurant as a child Tom also grew to love the food service industry and the bonds that great food and a great experience can create. At the urging of friends and family who recognized his knack for hospitality, Tom opened T. Maccarone’s in 2005 to create a Washington wine country culinary experience, steeped in Italian heritage, and showcasing Walla Walla Valley’s agricultural bounty. At the beginning of September 2013, Tom celebrated T. Maccarone’s eighth anniversary with a complete redesign "Eight years of business is a huge accomplishment and we're excited to celebrate this milestone with a fresh new look," says Tom. "T. Maccarone's is a fantastic meeting place and we want its feel to always be as vibrant as the food, and community, we serve."

 

Javier Esparza, Executive Chef

Originally from Mexico, Javier and his family moved to Walla Walla in his younger years. He graduated from Wa-Hi and got interested in food thanks to cooking shows and the Food Network. Inspired by what he saw, Javier attended Western Culinary Institute in Portland and graduated in 2001. Since then, Javier has been flying high as a chef on the Nike campus and as a private chef for famous sports figures -- he has even cooked for the likes of Paul Allen, Queen Elizabeth and President George Bush. Most recently, Javier worked as the Sous Chef at Saffron in Walla Walla. When asked what his favorite things to make and eat are he answers, “ceviche and sushi -- because i love using fresh fish!” In his spare time Javier likes to watch football, run and play baseball.