Our Team

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 

Jessica Cunningham

Restaurant Manager

Jessica Cunningham brings a diverse range of background experiences with her to DORO Restaurant Group. After graduating the University of Connecticut with a psychology degree focused on pediatric medicine, she worked directly with top medical schools to study childhood anxiety. Jessica worked through her schooling as a server and bartender, honing her craft to curate memorable dining experiences for her guests and soon realized her true calling. With over 17 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Jessica believes the best way to achieve success is by greeting each day with positivity and openness and to do only her best.

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.” - Lewis Carol

Michael Glazier

Executive Chef

As a valued member of the DORO Restaurant Group with 14 years of experience in the culinary arts, executive chef Michael Glazier masterfully prepares French cuisine for Avert Brasserie. A Connecticut native, Michael graduated from the Connecticut Culinary Institute and worked his way from line cook to executive chef while mastering techniques in seafood, meats, and local produce in both Italian and French styles. He is an avid lover of art and music, believing that beauty should be experienced through all the senses, and this sentiment is reflected in each dish he prepares.

“To be a good cook all you have to do is a lot of little things very well.” – Marco Pierre White

Jamie Bordonaro

Sous Chef

Jamie Bordonaro's previous experience in New York includes a culinary externship from the Culinary Institute of America with Picholine Restaurant, one incredibly valuable year with Bouley, and two and a half years working through the illustrious Le Bernardin restaurant.
His intense passion for cooking developed early on from his Sicilian grandmother, who taight Jamie that it is not enough to claim that one merely loves food and cooking, for the love and appreciation of who we cook for is far more important.