Through his service to the community as both an entrepreneur and philanthropist, restaurateur Enzo Scognamiglio has become a well-known and highly regarded member of the Dana Point business community.
He explains, “In seeking election to the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, my more than 25 years in the South Orange County area, as a resident and a businessman, will prove a valuable asset to the organization.” He adds, “I am a straight shooter. I say what I mean and, if I promise to do something, it will get done. I will bring common sense to the Chamber, as an active member and not just another name on the list.”
His experience from owning four national Subway restaurant franchises and founding several other eateries to managing a number of Southern California apartment complexes has made the name Enzo Scognamiglio synonymous with quality customer care, while earning him an esteemed reputation in the hospitality industry.
Since 1993, Enzo has been the proud owner of Brio Tuscany Grille, a sought-after restaurant, martini bar and nightclub, while also the current owner operator of two Subway restaurants in Dana Point. His restaurant ventures have, moreover, included Brio Mare in Laguna Beach, as well as Brio Tuscany Grille in Corona del Mar.
Prior to opening Dana Point’s local hotspot, Enzo owned the Madison Steakhouse in Long Beach – the largest steakhouse in the U.S. He has held the Director of Food and Beverage position at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach and acted as the General Manager of the Arriba Restaurant Group in Los Angeles. He also held the role of Director of Food and Beverage at the Mayfair Hotel during the Los Angeles Olympics of 1984 and spent over five years in the cruise ship industry.
With philanthropic endeavors holding a high priority in his life, Enzo has served on the Board of Directors of the CARE Foundation (Contributing Academic Resources to Education), a foundation established in 1992 to support all Capistrano Unified School District students. He also held the post of Foundation President in 2009-10.
Since 1996, Enzo has been a member of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, earning recognition as its fundraising champion over the last five years. He’s further served on the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Advisory Council, and is a lifetime member of the California Highway Patrol Foundation.
Born and raised in Napoli, Italy, Enzo grew-up in a large family, where he learned the value of relationships and the importance of building strong businesses through the empowerment of people.
He and his wife, Jill, raised their two children in Laguna Hills, where they also team on several business ventures. He holds a degree in Restaurant & Hotel Management from Avellino College in Napoli, Italy.