Rising Star Sommelier Roberto Colombi of Cielo at The Boca Raton Resort - Biography
Boca Raton, FL
Wine wunderkind Roberto Colombi started his career at age 14 in a local restaurant in the province of Bergamo, Italy, called Abacanto. His uncle was both the restaurant manager and sommelier, and Colombmi got right to work, tasting wines and tagging along on trips to wine fairs and cellars around Northern Italy.
After working and traveling through his early teenage years, Colombi went to hotel school in Darfo Boario Terme in Crescia, Italy. He completed his diploma in 2000, at age 18, and continued working in wine at his family’s restaurant, Le Terrazze, joining the Associazione Italiana Sommelier in 2002. Colombi worked at Antico Albergo, a traditional Italian restaurant in Milan, before joining Gualtiero Marchesi at his two-Michelin Star Restaurant in Erbusco in Franciacorta, a region famous for its sparkling wines. At Ristorante Gualtiero Marchesi, Colombi had the opportunity to work with Nicola Zanini, recognized as the “best sommelier in Italy” in 2002.
In late 2003, Colombi relocated to England to learn English and work for Angela Hartnett at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, London. In 2005 he was promoted to assistant head sommelier, and in 2007 he left England for a head smmelier position at Cielo by Angela Hartnett in Boca Raton, Florida, where he won a 2008 StarChefs.com South Florida Rising Stars Award.