Alex Nystedt, General Manager
Alex loves the food and hospitality industry for its universality – delicious food and gracious hospitality can be felt by all, regardless of background or upbringing.
Born in South Korea and adopted into an American family, Alex Nystedt spent his childhood in Worcester, MA. Alex’s dad early on noticed that Alex had a love for both cooking and the big city. Recognizing this, his father made an offer to Alex to trade his dishwashing ‘chore’ for the daily responsibility of evening meal preparation. ‘Dad’ knew it was an offer Alex could not resist, and also knew that Alex could and would get very comfortable with moving about a kitchen, something that Alex’s father saw as a probable career for Alex.
In high school, Alex desired going to culinary school and began to stage at Tomasso Trattoria in Southborough, MA, literally at the right hand of the head chef where every item was hand-made in-house.
As Alex approached his senior year in high school, his father again stepped in and encouraged Alex to study business near the Trattoria, as his father knew that Alex was gaining valuable hands on culinary experience while supplementing his tuition payments for his degree in business. Halfway through his college education, Alex matriculated over to UMass Amherst to specifically pursue a degree in Hospitality Management, and spent at least half of his time there commuting between school in Amherst and the trattoria in Southborough as Alex thrived in the environment of the trattoria. After graduating with his Hospitality degree, Alex made the switch to front of house operations and has been there ever since.
In his own words, Alex loves working at Sportello because, “I have never been around so many passionate individuals that really care about what they are doing…From prep cooks, to chefs, to bussers, to general managers, everyone is willing to go that extra mile for our guests.”