Meet Lyle Koch, Owner of Antonella’s Ristorante, Located in the Rose Garden Area
SVT: How long have you owned Antonella’s?
LK: I have had Antonella’s for 13 years.
SVT: What made you decide to become a Restaurant Owner?
LK: I have always wanted to own my restaurant since the 8th grade
SVT: Where did you grow up, where did you go to school and what did you study?
LK: I grew up in the East Bay of Danville and Alamo, in high school I had to take a home economics course and the teacher told me I was very talented in the kitchen. In high school I was entered into a cooking competition and I won first place and had to cook in front of local chef’s and restaurateurs at the Disneyland hotel. It was a great experience. After high school I went to study at Cal Poly and I have a BS in Hotel Restaurant management and BA in Business Admin and an AA in culinary arts.
SVT: What do you love most about what you do?
LK: I really enjoy talking with my patrons and giving them a true dining experience with wine recommendations and food recommendations
SVT: What kind of changes have you seen over the years?
LK: The changes over the years have been incredible from amazing new talent in the food industry to huge food price increases. Cost have soared over 40% higher in the last 8 years.
SVT: How often to you experiment to offer up a new special?
LK: Every night we specials and once a month on average we host a wine maker dinner event
SVT: How often do you change your menu?
LK: I change our menu twice a year. Always adding new items. The latest menu will come out sometime in April featuring more healthy entrees.