Chef Maurizio Ferrarese

Recognized as one of Houston’s best Italian restaurants, Ristorante Cavour and Giorgio’s on The Patio highlights Northern Italian cuisine in a beautiful and serene setting, Guests savor traditional Italian favorites alongside seasonal house specialties with selections to indulge even the most discerning palate. Spear-headed by Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese, Ristorante Cavour and Giorgio’s on The Patio offer guests an impeccable dining experience in an intimate and elegant atmosphere.


Chef’s Story

Where It All Began

Maurizio Ferrarese was born and raised in Italy. Murizio always had an interest in the culinary industry. While in Italy he worked throughout various hotels, resorts, and restaurants. He even had the great opportunity to work for Villa D’Este and Touring Club Italiano.

Later Chef Maurizio gained culinary experienc working for the Four Seasons hotel in Italy, Europe, London, Florence, and Budapest. 

, Since moving to the United States, Maurizio stayed with the Four Seasons hotel and worked in San Diego, Miami, Chicago, and Hawaii.  Finally in 2010 the Four Seasons brought him to Houston, Texas where he became the Executive Chef. 

His food philosophy is that every chef bases their cuisine on their own personal experiences. Based upon that belief, Italian dishes should be simple and composed of few ingredients so the natural flavors are enhanced. Chefs inspiration for most of his dishes stem from family meals he vividly remembers from his mother’s kitchen in the small town in Italy from which he was raised. 

Chef Maurizio joined the Hotel Granduca team back in 2018. Since joing the Granduca team Chef has won nurmerous food insipired awards.  He is always one of the top Chefs in the Rissoto Festival as well as Truffle Masters. One of his signature dishes is his Winter Black Truffle and Lobster meal, truly a must try!

Maurizio married the love of his life in 2007, Whitney in Chicago. Since moving to Houston, Whitney and Maurizio have been blessed with 4 children.  

Lobster Bisque (Tarragon Cream and Lobster)

Signature Cavour Trio (Strawberry Pannacotta, Creme Brulee, Chocolate Bonet)

Short Ribs Tortelloni (Tomato, Cheese, Saffron, & Borolo Wine Sauce)


What People are Saying

“Every dish is freshly prepared.”

The food and service here are impeccable! Every dish is freshly prepared, and the service is always attentive, and welcoming. We came for Sunday Brunch, which is always wonderful.


Wonderful food, perfect service. 

From the time I was seated as a single female and was given newspapers to read to the wonderful panacota, the whole experience was amazing. The salmon was delicate and flavorful. Thank you to my waiter for being so attentive “

Trip Adviser

“Chef is truely amazing!”

The food was excellent! Really some of the best ive had in Houston. The chef is truely amazing and our waitress Jolie was really exceptional. Came here for my birthday with my husband and really could not have asked for a better experience!