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  • Original Dove Owner is Back in The Kitchen

    April 19, 2012

    The Florida Today

    When Carlo Mattiello wanted help with a new restaurant in downtown Melbourne, he realized father knew best, so he went straight to the source — in this case, John Mattiello, original owner of the former Dove in Satellite Beach.

    John, then happily retired, must not have been able to run fast enough when he saw his son coming, or perhaps it was more “once a chef, always a chef.” In either case, a lot of people in the county are happy that John is back in the kitchen, for his original Dove was sorely missed by many.

    If you don’t know, here is your chance to get acquainted with Mattiello senior, now working with his son at Dove III in Melbourne.

    Question:What’s your background, chef?

    Mattiello: I was born in Naples. I started in the restaurant business washing dishes at age 12. In 1964, I was 15 and working in the kitchen for lunch and dinner at a restaurant in Queens for $25 a week, six days a week.

    For two years, I was the assistant chef at the Vesuvio at 48th and Broadway in New York City. By 1972, a partner and I opened our own restaurant in Flushing. I later went on my own and opened Roman Towers in Long Island. I had that for a year, before going back to work as executive chef for another New York City restaurant, where I stayed until 1989.

    At that point, my wife and I were thinking of Florida as the place to live. We had come to Florida on vacation and fell in love with it, so we bought a canal home on Satellite Beach and we opened The Dove.

    When we later sold The Dove, we moved back to Italy, where we bought a home in Venice. We still have it. We don’t get there as often as I would like.

    Carlo wanted to open a restaurant in downtown Melbourne, so he asked for my help. We’ve been open for five months and have been busy since Day One. I call it a miracle.

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  • Original Dove Owner is Back in The Kitchen

    April 19, 2012

    The Florida Today

    When Carlo Mattiello wanted help with a new restaurant in downtown Melbourne, he realized father knew best, so he went straight to the source — in this case, John Mattiello, original owner of the former Dove in Satellite Beach.

    John, then happily retired, must not have been able to run fast enough when he saw his son coming, or perhaps it was more “once a chef, always a chef.” In either case, a lot of people in the county are happy that John is back in the kitchen, for his original Dove was sorely missed by many.

    If you don’t know, here is your chance to get acquainted with Mattiello senior, now working with his son at Dove III in Melbourne.

    Question:What’s your background, chef?

    Mattiello: I was born in Naples. I started in the restaurant business washing dishes at age 12. In 1964, I was 15 and working in the kitchen for lunch and dinner at a restaurant in Queens for $25 a week, six days a week.

    For two years, I was the assistant chef at the Vesuvio at 48th and Broadway in New York City. By 1972, a partner and I opened our own restaurant in Flushing. I later went on my own and opened Roman Towers in Long Island. I had that for a year, before going back to work as executive chef for another New York City restaurant, where I stayed until 1989.

    At that point, my wife and I were thinking of Florida as the place to live. We had come to Florida on vacation and fell in love with it, so we bought a canal home on Satellite Beach and we opened The Dove.

    When we later sold The Dove, we moved back to Italy, where we bought a home in Venice. We still have it. We don’t get there as often as I would like.

    Carlo wanted to open a restaurant in downtown Melbourne, so he asked for my help. We’ve been open for five months and have been busy since Day One. I call it a miracle.

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  • Easter Sunday Dining Serves Up Finest

    April 5, 2012

    The Florida Today

    For many people, going out for Easter dinner has become as de rigueur as buying a spring dress.

    And fine-dining restaurants have taken note.

    No longer does going out to an Easter dinner mean waiting in line at a crowded buffet table. Now, you can sit at a nice cloth-covered table, be served by a waiter and enjoy sumptuous culinary delights.

    Usually, the Dove III is closed Sundays, but when owner Carlo Mattiello noticed the trend of families wanting something special for Easter dinner, he decided to open the restaurant for the day.

    “Everybody works so hard during the week. Easter Sunday should be a day of family and relaxing,” he said. “You can still feel like you’re going to someone’s house for Easter dinner. The only thing is that you have to pay.”

    Urged by his fiancee, Christina Yost, to create a family-oriented atmosphere, Mattiello decided the best thing would be to serve what would be typical for an Italian family’s Easter celebration.

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  • Downtown Melbourne restaurant brings back Old World Italian cuisine

    April 2, 2012

    Space Coast Living Magazine April 2012

    Easily settling into a cozy and classy space that has changed hands a few times over in recent years, The Dove III seems to have found the perfect home in up-and-coming Downtown Melbourne.

    “The timing was just right,” says owner Carlo Mattiello of the restaurant’s re-opening on the corner of New Haven Avenue and Municipal Lane.

    As the son of John and Fran Mattiello, the owners of the original The Dove that opened over 20 years ago in Satellite Beach, Carlo says he feels honored to carry on the family business. His parents sold the beachside restaurant in 2003, which later closed in 2010. Ready to get back in the game, however, the family opened The Dove III on Halloween of last year.

    “Without my parents, The Dove III wouldn’t be here,” says Carlo. “I have some big shoes to fill.”

    While the new restaurant is owned and operated by Carlo and his fiancée, Christina Yost, Carlo’s parents play important roles in The Dove III. John came out of retirement to help get the restaurant off the ground, and also serves as the restaurant’s executive chef, bringing back authentic Italian cuisine offered at the original The Dove to Space Coast diners. Much to the delight of longtime locals, John’s signature creations, such as his Pasta Fagioli soup, are once again offered at The Dove III.
     

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  • Restaurant Review The Dove III

    December 23, 2011

    The Florida Today

    Every now and then, you’ll hear about a family with such a passion for food and personal service that their dedication is passed down from generation to generation. The Mattiello family is one of those families.

     

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  • New Dove Eatery Much Like the Original

    November 17, 2011

    The Florida Today

    Fans of the old, original Dove Restaurant beachside will be delighted to hear the restaurant is back, albeit in a more compact version and in downtown Melbourne.

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Melbourne, FL 32901 321-725-3683.

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