Feb 3, 2021
Andrea Melani is the co-founder of Spiga LLC, an Indianapolis-based multi-concept company currently operating two Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine and Caffe Buondi.
Andrea is an experienced entrepreneur with a high rate of success in managing both private and corporate restaurants. Skilled in Concept Creation, Business Development, Culinary expertise, Operations, and new restaurant openings. He is committed to creating a cultural connection by innovating traditional Italian cuisine.
Originally born in La Spezia Italy, Andrea grew up in Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore. In 2000, he moved to Indiana to study at the School of Journalism at IUPUI. In 2016, he opened the first Convivio in Carmel, IN.
In this episode, Andrea talks to us about how his love for American culture called him to the US to study Journalism at IUPUI. While best known as the restaurateur behind Convivio and Caffe Buondi, he never dreamed that he would actually get into the restaurant game even though he grew up in the industry (his parents owned restaurants back in Italy). Find out how an Internship with channel 8, where he found himself in a jail cell with a man who killed 7 people impacted his life and how that moment left him questioning the “why” behind the things in our lives.