Christian Damiano

Director of Fine Dining • The Bartolotta Restaurants

Christian Damiano serves as Director of Fine Dining for The Bartolotta Restaurants, the premier restaurant and catering group in the Greater Milwaukee region. As a member of the company’s leadership team, Mr. Damiano has operational responsibility for the qualitative and financial performance of leading Bartolotta restaurants, including Harbor House, Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993, Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro, Bacchus – A Bartolotta Restaurant, Mr. B’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse in Brookfield and Mequon, Joey Gerard’s -  A Bartolotta Supper Club and Rumpus Room – A Bartolotta Gastropub. 

One of the founding members of The Bartolotta Restaurants family, Mr. Damiano most recently served as General Manager of Harbor House, a New England-style seafood restaurant on the shore of Lake Michigan. Throughout the 15 years that he served as General Manager, Harbor House was consistently ranked among Milwaukee’s finest seafood destinations, receiving Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence – signifying superior presentation, excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions, and a deep commitment to wine through cellar and service team – annually since 2017.

Prior to joining Harbor House, Mr. Damiano served for nearly 14 years in management positions with Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Hotel Casino. Beginning as General Manager of Dream Dance Steak, Mr. Damiano ascended to the roles of General Manager of Casino Floor Beverage Operations and Restaurant Operations Manager before becoming Beverage Operations Manager; a role in which he increased beverage sales and profitability by nearly 20 percent while overseeing a staff of more than 100 spread across the resort’s entire food and beverage portfolio.

Mr. Damiano’s tenure at Potawatomi Hotel Casino served as a career-building bridge between his roles with The Bartolotta Restaurants, which began in 1993 when he became a server and bartender for the just-opened Ristorante Bartolotta. He also served on the opening development team at Nonna’s at Stonewood Village, which was later re-concepted as Mr. B’s – A Bartolotta Steakhouse, where he was promoted to General Manager.  

Mr. Damiano is a certified sommelier, having earned his Level One credentials from the globally acclaimed Court of Master Sommeliers.