Missy found her Italian soul in her five years as Executive Chef at Spiaggia from 2003-2008 in Chicago. Focusing her skills on fine dining Italian allowed Missy to find her true passion in cooking and to more fully understand regional Italian cooking.
Missy returned to New York in Fall of 2008 to be the Executive Chef of A Voce Madison and A Voce Columbus. While there she maintained Michelin stars at both locations for the entirety of her tenure and also was honored to be one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2010. In 2016, Missy opened Lilia in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and was met with instant acclaim, earning three stars from The New York Times and recognition from outlets ranging from Food & Wine to The Wall Street Journal, NBC, InStyle, New York Magazine, and in countless others. Missy’s first book “Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner…Life” was published in September 2017. She was most recently recognized as Best Chef New York City in 2018 by the James Beard Foundation.
Missy recently opened her second restaurant, Misi, in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, celebrating handmade pasta dishes and vegetable antipasti inspired by simple Italian cooking.