Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse in Davidson about six months ago. Now he will oversee all Scibelli's kitchens, which include Cantina 1511 (two locations), Mama Ricotta's, Big Daddy's Burger Bar (two locations), Paco's Tacos & Tequila and the relatively new Midwood Smokehouse.
"He's a great fit for us," said Scibelli. "The more we talked, the more I found we really see eye to eye.... We're very fortunate to continue to grow. He'll be solely focused on giving TLC to the food."
Groody has been cooking and observing at Midwood, and will rotate through all the concepts, working on recipes, execution, ingredients and menu development. Scibelli says he's always seeking new dishes (a traditional Groody strength); "nothing would make me happier than a better dish than penne a la vodka," he said with a laugh. (That's the quintessential huge seller at Mama Ricotta's.) "If you're really going to bear (that kind of) fruit with your cooks, you've got to put the time in. He's going to."