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June Member in the Spotlight: Marianna Coppola – Positano Coast

General Manager, Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

Description of product or service:

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti is located in Old City Philadelphia and features modern Italian-inspired dishes featuring the freshest fish, seafood and crudo. It is a beautiful restaurant experience from the food to the atmosphere.

How many years have you been with company or in business?

12

What company or organization you respect most and why?

I admire Vetri’s restaurants because their cuisine best represents the food I grew up around in Italy.

Which business leader or innovator do you most want to emulate and why?

Aldo Lamberti.

What is the most important business decision you’ve made to date?

Within culinary establishments, it is the food you place on the table.

What is the most important life decision you’ve made to date?

Moving to Philadelphia from Italy.

When and why did you join the IBA?

I have a lot of respect for, and I am a member of, the LGBT community and would like to do more for it in my home city.

I find it necessary to support the LGBT community because even in today’s modern society, prejudices exist and discrimination still occurs.

Since joining the IBA, what has been the greatest advantage to you and your business being a member of the Chamber?

The network of people that are members of the IBA and the values they represent.

What is your proudest moment, honor, or achievement?

My proudest moment was celebrating Positano Coast’s 10 year anniversary and seeing how far we have come from the first day we opened.

What programs, outreach, or organizations are you involved in that give back to the community?

I strive to keep the restaurant I manage safe for any employee to work in, regardless of their sexual preference or orientation. We hire everyone. And no one should feel unsafe while they are working here.

What is a little known fact about you?

In addition to being the General Manager at Positano Coast, I run and own my own Floral Company called Creations by Coppola.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Trying every restaurant in the city.

To date, what has been your most favorite vacation spot?

My home, Italy.

What is the last book you read?

How to be a Badass by Jen Sincero.