Our Team

Dorjan Puka


Born and raised in Albania, Dorjan Puka moved to Connecticut in 1998 seeking new experiences and opportunities. Leveraging his culinary talent and strong work ethic, Puka worked his way up in various kitchens in the region including Vito’s by the Park, Max’s Oyster Bar and Max’s Tavern in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In December of 2010, Puka opened his first solo venture, Treva Restaurant & Bar, an Italian concept in West Hartford. The restaurant was unlike anything in the area and garnered great reviews from The Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine and The New York Times. This success was mirrored with his second West Hartford restaurant Àvert Brasserie, which opened three years later in 2013. That same year, Hartford Magazine named Puka one of the top 10 chefs in the region. In November of 2014, Puka opened Artisanal Burger Company in Manchester. Once again, Puka was praised by media and locals alike, this time for his take on America’s beloved hamburger.

Puka’s culinary passion extends beyond the restaurants. He is actively involved with Growing Great Schools, a non-profit community-based organization that helps create healthier schools. When not in his restaurants, Chef Dorjan enjoys traveling with his wife and his two sons.

Scott Miller


Raised in Woodbridge, Connecticut, Scott Miller worked his way through the kitchens of some of Connecticut’s finest restaurants and country clubs.

After spending time cooking in Colorado, Miller headed back to his home state of Connecticut in 2004 where he was hired as Executive Chef at Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford. In this role, Miller was responsible for overseeing menu development as well as the culinary team, which included then Sous Chef Dorjan Puka. Also while in this role, Miller started the award winning Max’s Chef to Farm Program in 2009. Capitalizing on his ability to create unique and memorable experiences, Miller accepted the role of Managing Partner of Max Catering & Events where he worked alongside chefs, managers and staff to localize catering fare delivering outstanding events to their guests.

Now, Miller has reunited with Chef Puka as Chief Operating Officer and Partner of DORO Restaurant group (Treva, Àvert, Artisanal Burger Company) in West Hartford.. In this position, Miller works hand-in-hand with all line employees and managers to ensure that each guest is provided with exceptional hospitality.

Miller resides in West Hartford with his wife and two children.

Omar Arnaout

Executive Pastry Chef

Executive Pastry Chef Omar brings over 12 years of experience in pastry to the DORO team. Known for his macaroons at Àvert and the Local Honey Budino at Treva, Omar brings his European pastry sensibility to both restaurants he oversees, making sure that every meal ends on a delightfully sweet note 

Michael Giardino

Beverage Director

Beverage Director Michael Giardino is passionate about both wine and cocktails traveling to Spain, Italy, and France regularly to source the best vintages and products for Treva and Àvert. With features in Bartender Magazine, Michael has become a recognizable name in the beverage industry through his innovative cocktail program and deep wine knowledge. Michael has over 19 years of experience making him a valuable member of the DORO team helping  to ensure that every meal is complimented with the perfect libation

Dave Sudol

Food & Beverage Controller

One of my earliest memories of cooking as a child was with my grandfather making Pierogies.  Throughout the years growing up my grandfather, who was also a Chef/Restaurant Owner, always told my cousins and myself not to get into this business.  After graduating from UCONN with a degree in Marketing I landed a job in a Marketing department.  I spent about six weeks sitting at a desk all day long and realized this wasn't for me.  I enrolled at the Connecticut Culinary Institute and spent the next 17 years working in kitchens in every role and eventually I earned the distinction of Executive Chef with the Max Restaurant Group.  What I have realized over my career that this business is in my blood, handed down to me from my grandfather despite his warnings. 

Laura Pezzente

Event Coordinator

Having grown up in an Old Italian World household, chances to celebrate with family were often and presented opportunities for decorating with natural elements, cooking with farm fresh ingredients and embracing the small pleasures of life.

My 10 years of event planning experience have enabled me to witness many magical moments and I look forward to sharing my passion with you.

Please feel free to reach out to me so that we can plan your next memorable event!