Atlantis Paradise Island’s Cafe Martinique Gets a New Chef

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - February 13, 2019

By Dana Niland
CJ Contributor

One of the Bahamas’ most venerable eateries is getting a new injection of culinary energy.

Atlantis Paradise Island has named Chef Alessio Pitzalis as the new Head Chef of its Café Martinique restaurant.

Pitzalis will guide a “comprehensive epicurean experience” for the anticipated update of the fine-dining concept, which is set to debut this month.

The decades-old eatery is perhaps best known for a visit by James Bond in the 1965 film “Thunderball.”

“We are pleased to welcome Chef Alessio Pitzalis to lead Café Martinique’s evolution as one of the leading culinary concepts in The Bahamas,” said Bryan O’Shields, Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage at Atlantis, Paradise Island. “He is a veteran in the culinary field and exudes passion, precision and forethought. Alessio’s acute taste for global flavors and fluency in local produce will shape Café Martinique as a paramount dining experience for our discerning guests.”

As Head Chef of Café Martinique, Pitzalis will apply his expertise in Mediterranean-Italian cuisine to oversee the revised culinary concept.

He comes to Atlantis with more than 15 years of experience and residencies in some of the world’s most renowned kitchens, including Ristorante Andreini in Alghero, Italy; Piazza Rossa in Moscow, Russia; Columbia Beach Resort in Cyprus; and Address Montgomerie in Dubai.

Originally from the Italian island of Sardinia, Chef Pitzalis will be leveraging cultural influences from both his home country and his international travels. 

He said he is aiming to infuse a unique taste of The Bahamas to guest palates through relationships with local producers and farmers and foraging for the most exclusive island bounty available.

Opening February 2019, Café Martinique will be Atlantis’ newest and only elevated dining concept to feature a plant-forward menu. 

With a commitment to using ingredients available only on Paradise Island & Nassau, dishes will strike a Mediterranean-Bahamian balance with inspiration from the coastal regions of France, Morocco, Italy and the Middle East.

— CJ

Popular Posts all-inclusive montego bay resort by marriott

Marriott Just Opened Its New All-Inclusive Resort in Montego Bay 

Marriott has continued its rapid expansion into the Caribbean all-inclusive space with the debut of its newest adults-only resort in Montego Bay: the new Hideaway at Royalton Blue Waters, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort.  The 352-room resort is part of […]

Yes, You Can Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort in St Thomas, USVI

the beach at the bolongo bay resort

The Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas may be the most popular all-inclusive resort you’ve never heard of. It’s not that the resort itself isn’t well-known: this family-run and managed, beach resort has been in business since 1974. But […]

The 15 Best Spa Resorts in the Caribbean

como parrot cay

Resort spas have become almost as common as fitness centers on amenity lists, but while it’s simple enough to carve out some space for a few treatment rooms, there are some spas that offer a true “experience” to go along […]

Related Posts la ceiba

$37.5 Million Listing Sells in The Bahamas 

A Paradise Island home listed at $37.5 million has been sold, Caribbean Journal Invest has learned.  The sale of La Ceiba, set in the Ocean Club Estates community on Paradise Island, was handled by HG Christie’s John Christie and Dylan […]

Why Sting and Marcus Samuelsson Are Coming to The Bahamas  

bahamas marcus samuelsson

The new Bahamas Culinary and Arts Festival is back for its second edition this month at the Baha Mar resort in Nassau.  This year’s food and art event will run from Oct. 26-29, with a series of live events and […]

Why The Cove at Atlantis Is The Perfect Luxury Family Resort 

cove atlantis

After just a few months, Paranza has vaulted itself into the pantheon of top Caribbean restaurants.  Michelin-starred Chef Michael White’s eatery at The Cove luxury resort at Atlantis Paradise Island is a brilliant, vibrant ode to Italian regional cooking, with […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You