We are pleased to announce that Tucci’s has been awarded a 2023 Wine Spectator award for our wine program. In 2021, the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards Program marked 40 years of championing excellence in restaurant wine lists. The awards are designed to elevate wine selection and service around the world and encourage strong programs that complement a variety of cuisines, settings, and prices. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine, and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.
Over the past 40 years, Wine Spectator has reviewed tens of thousands of wine lists. Year after year, these dining destinations continue to raise the bar of wine excellence. Yet our award winners continue to prove that extraordinary wine lists can exist at any size, location, category, and price point.
Stew Sollitto broke into the fine wine business at 19 years old working for a small premium wholesale company in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He learned all about luxury bottlings from noted Cleveland experts. Soon after he was hired as a wine buyer for Halle Brothers Department Stores, then went to work for a national importer of mostly European Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italian wines. The last 33 years he had been the Vice President of Fine Wines and On Premise Sales for Heidelberg Distributing, a statewide family owned business. Bringing 50 years of fascination for quality wines and extensive experience he provides ongoing consulting services for CLB Restaurants and is a senior advisor to the President, Craig Barnum.
Director of Beverages
Join us in welcoming Kurt Reardon to the Dublin Tucci’s team as Beverage Director. Kurt graduated from Cornell University’s Hospitality Management Program and has worked for 30 years in Food & Beverage Operations at various hotels and private clubs in Florida and Ohio. Kurt has worked at Double Eagle Club in Galena Ohio for the last 23 years, where he was responsible for procuring an inventory of over 250 wines valued at more than $125,000. Kurt’s experience will be a valuable asset to Tucci’s, not only for the maintenance and monitoring of the wine & beverage programs, but also for training and growing the wine savvy Tucci’s team.