She began her working life as an attorney at a high-powered corporate law firm, but Donatella Arpaiaquickly transitioned into the restaurant world. At age 25, she opened Bellini in New York City, paying back a $250,000 starter loan from her restaurateur/father in just six months. In 2003, the Woodmere, Long Island, native struck a 50/50 partnership with noted chef David Burke to start davidburke & donatella. Early last year, she opened the Mediterranean-themed Dona in the former Bellini ...
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