Partner Brandon Gillis 

Brandon brings over 15 years of experience to Fiorella.

His culinary career begins as a cook for Floyd Cardoz at Danny Meyer's Tabla in NYC.

Part of the early team at Franny's of Brooklyn, Brandon becomes their first Chef de Cuisine. 

In addition to Fiorella,  he also serves as the Senior Director of Business Development for The Whole Cart. Brandon lives in the Richmond and spends his time at Baker Beach and Lands End. 


Partner + Director of Operations Boris Nemchenok

Boris consistently contributes to the city’s evolution into a food destination, and brings 20 years of industry experience to Fiorella.

Working with Mario Batali at Otto Pizzeria in NYC, Nemchenok falls in love with the management side of the restaurant business.

This SF native & sommelier has owned multiple successful restaurant projects, including Uva Enoteca in the Lower Haight, and is glad to return to the neighborhood that raised him.



Chef dante Cecchini


After leaving Marlowe and the Big Night Restaurant Group, Dante is introduced to Brandon through a friend and former co-worker at Citizen Cake – Dante’s first cooking job. The Fiorella team clicks immediately with the Bernal Heights native.

Dante’s new offerings to Fiorella include recipes inspired by his time spent at his grandparent’s house in North Beach, where he learned to cook from both his Nonno (Italian for grandfather) and his father.

In his role at Fiorella, Dante brings a strong sense of tradition and technique to the kitchen and his own fresh perspective, highlighting the beauty and simplicity of minimal ingredients.


In 2015, Brandon approached Boris with an idea: a delicious, quality, wood-fired pizza shop with fresh ingredients was needed in the Richmond District of San Francisco.

As an SF native who grew up a few blocks from Fiorella, Boris was excited by this concept. The Richmond District had not been a place for fine dining when he was a kid. This idea presented an opportunity to bring soulful, classic Italian cooking with a modern and fresh approach to Clement Street.

After careful research, lots of work, and a whole lot of love, FIORELLA: Neighborhood Italian was born.