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Simone Mua


As Head Chef of Zucca, Simone Mua’s mission has been to create simple, authentic Italian cuisine, with a personal twist, that’s representative of a variety of the country’s regions. A native of Milan, Italy, Mua brings nearly three decades of experience to Zucca’s kitchen.

Formerly he served as the Executive Chef at Casa Tua, a famed Miami Beach restaurant, hotel and members club, for six years. Prior to that, Mua was Executive Chef at the acclaimed Ribot Ristorante in Milan, Italy. He has also brought his talent and Italian flair to the restaurant scene in both London, England and Caracas, Venezuela, further perfecting his craft and appeal to a range of palates. 

In addition to his culinary expertise, Mua is entrenched in the daily operations of Zucca from vendor relations to developing seasonal menu items. The most fulfilling moment being the appreciation received from guests who experience his cuisine. 

Mua has received various awards for his artistry in the kitchen and exquisite presentation, like “Chef of Authentic Italian Cuisine” and first place on “Italian Testing Menu competition”. Aside from cooking, he enjoys spending time experimenting with new flavors, preferably with a soccer match playing in the background.

More about Simone Mua

What is your ultimate comfort food?Bucatini Cacio e Pepe - a simple dish made with homemade Bucatini pasta, pecorino cheese, parmesan and black pepper.If you weren't a chef, what would you be?A pianist.What three things are always in your pantry?Extra virgin olive oil, baby arugula and organic, heirloom tomatoes.If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?Pope Francis.