Our Team

Patrick Williams

Restaurant Manager

A Connecticut native, Patrick started his restaurant career working with his older brother where he developed a passion for the hospitality business. Patrick's focus at Àvert is providing guests with excellent dining experience. When he is not at the restaurant, Patrick enjoys traveling, spending his time outdoors and restoring classic cars.

David Saint Onge

General Manager

A Connecticut native, David started his restaurant career at a local brewpub where he developed a passion for the hospitality business, he came back to Connecticut after a brief span in Colorado. David’s focus at Àvert is providing guests with excellent dining experience.

Dorjan Puka

CEO/Owner

Born and raised in Albania, Dorjan Puka moved to Connecticut in 1998 seeking new experiences and opportunities. Leveraging his culinary talent and strong work ethic, Puka worked his way up in various kitchens in the region including Vito’s by the Park, Max’s Oyster Bar and Max’s Tavern in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In December of 2010, Puka opened his first solo venture, Treva Restaurant & Bar, an Italian concept in West Hartford. The restaurant was unlike anything in the area and garnered great reviews from The Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine and The New York Times. This success was mirrored with his second West Hartford restaurant Àvert Brasserie, which opened three years later in 2013. That same year, Hartford Magazine named Puka one of the top 10 chefs in the region. In November of 2014, Puka opened Artisanal Burger Company in Manchester. Once again, Puka was praised by media and locals alike, this time for his take on America’s beloved hamburger.

Puka’s culinary passion extends beyond the restaurants. He is actively involved with Growing Great Schools, a non-profit community-based organization that helps create healthier schools. When not in his restaurants, Chef Dorjan enjoys traveling with his wife and his two sons.

Michael Giardino

Beverage Director

Beverage Director Michael Giardino is passionate about both wine and cocktails traveling to Spain, Italy, and France regularly to source the best vintages and products for Treva and Àvert. With features in Bartender Magazine, Michael has become a recognizable name in the beverage industry through his innovative cocktail program and deep wine knowledge.  A Master Sommelier, Michael has over 19 years of experience making him a valuable member of the DORO team helping  to ensure that every meal is complimented with the perfect libation

Omar Arnaout

Executive Pastry Chef

Executive Pastry Chef Omar brings over 12 years of experience in pastry to the DORO team. Known for his macaroons at Àvert and the Local Honey Budino at Treva, Omar brings his European pastry sensibility to both restaurants he oversees, making sure that every meal ends on a delightfully sweet note