Interview with Rosita Lamberti of Aldo Lamberti Restaurant Group

Hi Rosita! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Rosita Lamberti and I have worked for my family's group of restaurants, Aldo Lamberti Family of Restaurants for most of my life, and full time for 17 years. I graduated with a Business/Marketing Degree from Boston College and currently work in several departments for our restaurants, including Management, Sales, Marketing & Operations.

How long have you lived in the area?

My family moved to Cherry Hill, NJ from a small town outside of Naples, Italy in 1986. Besides the time I spent in Boston, I have lived in Cherry Hill since then.

Why do you think it's so important to refer leads to one another, or to collaborate vs compete?

Philadelphia is a small and friendly city, and I truly feel that most, if not all, of Philadelphia's restaurant industry is extremely supportive and respectful of one another. Collaborating on leads helps us all be successful, and referring guests to another location that you know will take great care of them shows both that support and respect. It also helps retain revenue within the city of Philadelphia and it is an extra step that guests often do not expect, and are grateful for the assistance.

What is your favorite Philly landmark to visit when you're on staycation, or being a tourist in your own town?

I love walking around Rittenhouse Park, especially in nice weather. It's a great location to enjoy a little bit of greenery in the city, and there is also just so much to do right there, as well as lots of wonderful restaurants to visit.

Favorite thing about working for the company you currently work for?

I work with my family, and the passion and drive that my parents have shown in building what they did is amazing. I am honored and humbled to be a part of it.

Favorite dish that your chef makes (if applicable!)

The sea urchin pasta. It is squid ink pasta tossed with tomatoes, crabmeat and sea urchin and is a dish that is a delicacy that is not found in many places, but more importantly, reminds me of my childhood and my heritage.

Why do you love what you do?

I honestly think that the restaurant business runs in my blood. It's what I have done for most of my life. Although there are challenges to it, there is nothing that I love more than seeing our guests leave happy or praise our food and our staff. Plus, I have a passion for food, which is an absolute must for success in this business.

Favorite Philly restaurant(s) other than your own!

Doubleknot, Vernick, Zama

Who or what provides your career inspiration?

My parents. They came to this country with very little, and though hard work and perseverance, they have built a successful group of restaurants.

Hospitality industry professionals work long (LONG) hours, what's your favorite way to unwind?

Spending time with friends, going out to dinner, time at the beach or even a pool is always relaxing and a great way to unwind.

Favorite Philly event to attend?

The annual Best of Style Party is one I do not like to miss.

Where do you get your daily dose of Philly news?

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly Eater

What do you wish people knew about you, your restaurant/venue, or the industry in general?

Regarding the industry in general, I often have people tell me that they want to open their own restaurants. The glamour of the business is definitely attractive, but not everyone realizes just how hard the business can be. It is constantly moving and flowing, the hours can be long, and sometimes the days can be crazy. I wouldn't trade it for the world, as it can also be fun, exciting and certainly gratifying, I am just not sure that everyone sees both sides of it.

Favorite quote?

"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it."