Davio’s owner Steve DiFillippo serves up some dish in new book
When Davio’s owner Steve DiFillippo told his wife, Pam, that he planned to write a book, she replied, “Why would anybody want to read a book by you?” She had a point. But DiFillippo proceeded anyway, writing “It’s All About the Guest,” which will be published next month. The book isn’t easily categorized, including recipes, a lot of business philosophy, and even a little dish. (DiFillippo says he knew he wanted to be a restaurateur when, at the age of 19 and working at Seaside Restaurant at Faneuil Hall, one of the waitresses paid a visit to him in the kitchen wearing whipped cream instead of a shirt.) DiFillippo thinks most how-to business books are boring, so he opted for reminiscence — about slow roasting a rabbit for Stevie Ray Vaughan or sleeping with Julia Child. (OK, that didn’t really happen; she slept while he drove her to an event.) “The best classes I had in college were with professors who told stories,” he says. DiFillippo did manage to get some of his famous friends to blurb the book, including former Yankees skipper Joe Torre, Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton, former Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, Hill Holliday founder Jack Connors, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who wrote the forward, and noted food critic and Pats QB Tom Brady, who writes “exceeding expectations is what [DeFillippo] does best.” (Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, are Davio’s fans.) The book arrives amid a rapid expansion of Davio’s, which now has locations in Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Foxborough, Lynnfield, and, next month, New York.