Bob Mignola, is a self taught executive chef who is originally from Upper Montclair, NJ. He relocated to Florida in 1997 to open the Smith & Wollensky Steak House on Miami Beach and remained as its Executive Chef for ten years. Prior to Miami, Chef Mignola was employed in Manhattan by the Smith and Wollensky Restaurant Group in their sister restaurant on the upper east side, The Post House, where he spent another decade rising from Sous Chef to Executive Chef.
A career spanning more than 40 years began in 1972 at an Italian butcher shop and grocery in his home town. From there to dishwasher at a local country club to a short order cook at a diner on the Jersey Shore. His education in fine dining began at the Marlborough Inn in Montclair, whose Le Table de Roi restaurant featured Classic French Cuisine which led to an an apprenticeship at Le Cygne a four star French restaurant in Manhattan.
Back in Montclair he became executive chef of a nouvelle American restaurant named Class Reunion where french techniques were brought to bear on American ingredients at the beginning of a movement spearheaded by Larry Forgione of the River Cafe then the American Place restaurants.
After leaving Smith and Wollensky's he went to work at Clarke's a Gastro Pub on Miami Beach where his experience with French cuisine was used to amp up traditional pub fare. Always looking for a place of his own in 2013 he and his wife Audra Mignola purchased Lola's on Harrison in Hollywood FL, where they serve Contemporary American fare, fine wines and spirits and have an amazing craft beer selection.