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Efisio Farris

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Born in 1960 on the island of Sardegna in Orosei, Efisio Farris graduated from A. Manieri Rome with degrees in design and architectrure. After managing exclusive resorts in Italy, Efisio oversaw the construction of hotels, villas, offices and shopping centers for I.T.I, the second largest developer in Costa Smerelda. In 1986, while on vacation, Efisio was hired as the manager of an Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side. While serving as manager, he had the pleasure to meet his future wife, Lori Seemann.

In 1988, Efisio and Lori opened Arcodoro and Pomodoro Ristoranti Italiani in Dallas, which quickly won accolades for Efisio’s Italian Cuisine featuring Sardinian accents. Efisio’s next move was to Houston in 1996 where he opened Arcodoro Ristorante Italiano in the Uptown Galleria area, conquering the city with his Sardinian flair. Both the Houston and Dallas restaurants have received numerous awards and recognition for Efisio’s distinctive cuisine highlighting the flavors and traditions of his homes in Sardegna. Arcodoro and Pomodoro has been recognized by the elite group of Buon Ricordo America as well as earned listings in Luigi Veronelli’s The Best Italian Restaurants. Efisio’s passion for Italian wines has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence annually.

Food critic, John Mariani, renowned expert on Italian Fare designated Efisio’s restaurants as “the only true Sardinian ristoranti in the United States” after sampling Efisio’s authentic cuisine. Efisio, the restaurants, and his recipes have been featured in many publications including Food & Wine, Cooking Light, La Cucina Italiana, Wine Spectator, and the New York Times. He has been a guest chef on Martha Stewart and on Mario Batali’s Food Network Show Ciao Italia.

Acting as the “unofficial” ambassador of Sardinia, Efisio has traveled internationally to promote his island’s cuisine. He has been a featured speaker at national conventions throughout the country in cities such as Washington, Epcot Wine & Food Festival, New Orleans and New York. He taught cooking classes from Montreal to Jamaica for audiences of culinary novices to professionals, including at the Institute of Culinary Education.

Efisio Farris has received many honors and awards throughout his career. He is a charter member of the Italian Culinary Institute as well as a member of the Italian Table Organization. He is a member of the Slow Food Organization. Efisio’s reputation and skills as a restauranteur and chef have led to his appointment into the Union Cuochi Regione Sardegna of the Federazione Italiana Cuochi. In 2003, Efisio received the distinguished invitation to cook a second time as a featured chef at the famous James Beard House in New York City at which Efisio debuted his signature line of Sardinian wines.

In the fall of 2004, Efisio introduced his new line, Gourmet Sardinia, as a means of providing some of the rarest and most authentic products of Sardinian gastronomy to the American market. The line is centered on the unique flavors of his island homeland and Efisio is proud to offer these essential tastes of the Sardinian kitchen to the kitchens of America. Products like Pane Carasau, the traditional bread of the shepherds; Bottarga di Muggine, the caviar of Sardinia; or Miele Amaro di Corbezzolo, the rare bitter honey of the island, are highly prized and difficult to find even in Sardinia. Efisio was recognized by the Houston Chronicle as Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 for his unique products.

Efisio’s cookbook “Sweet Myrtle & Bitter Honey” published by Rizzoli in 2007 was nominated for two IACP awards. It was recognized for International Cookbook of the Year and First Cookbook by an author.

In June 2008, he was honored by the Republic of Italy, with the title of Cavalieri, a lifetime achievement award for his work in promoting Italian culture in America.

Lori Farris

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Born in 1960 in Highland Park, Illinois, Lori Farris graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Agricultural Economics. After owning and operating her own Chicago Style Restaurant in Dallas, Texas and working as a tour operator in New York, Lori met and married Efisio Farris, native of Sardinia.

In 1998, Efisio and Lori opened Arcodoro and Pomodoro Ristoranti Italiani in Dallas, which quickly won accolades for Efisio’s Italian cuisine featuring Sardinian accents. Their next move was to Houston in 1996 where they opened Arcodoro Ristorante Italiano in the Uptown Galleria area, conquering this city with Efisio’s Sardinian flair. Both the Houston and Dallas restaurants have received numerous awards and recognition for the distinctive cuisine highlighting the flavors and traditions of Sardegna. Arcodoro and Pomodoro has been recognized by the elite group of Buon Ricordo America as well as earned listings in Luigi Veronelli’s The Best Italian Resaurants. Efisio’s passion for Italian wines has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence annually for both locations.

Lori serves both locations as PR representative, marketing director and oversees the accounting department. Her efforts have brought national recognition in such publications as Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Wine Spectator Magazine, Southern Living, USA Today, and Town & Country among others. Arcodoro & Pomodoro have been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House as well as numerous festivals and seminars throughout the country. In addition to being a full time mother of two, Lori is active in many professional and community organizations. Lori is a member of Meeting Professionals International, Slow Food USA, Greater Houston Partnership CEO Roundtable, Houston Culinary Guild, Uptown Dallas, as well as serving on several boards of non-profit organizations.