Executive Chef

Meet Executive Chef Dan Ritacco.  Chef Dan oversees all culinary operations for Renaissance New York Times Square and our popular R Lounge and Living Room. Just as Renaissance encourages guests to discover something totally new, Chef Dan’s menus encourage guests to discover and share, with his simple Bites menu, from BBQ Organic Kale Chips to Whiskey Hill Rabbit Pot Pie.

Ritacco’s childhood interest in cooking began by helping his mother prepare the Italian family recipes for Sunday dinner. As a teenager he worked at the well-known New Jersey grocery store and delicatessen, Giordano’s in Nutley, New Jersey – a combination of grocery store, deli, butcher shop and training ground for this budding chef. His recipes were authentic to tradition, but made modern with his personal take on the creation of a dish.

His professional culinary positions were at four different Marriott and Renaissance Hotels in New Jersey before becoming executive chef at Renaissance New York Times Square in 2016.

As Executive Chef of Renaissance New York Times Square, Ritacco continues to do his own take on a classic dish, whether it’s a new version of an old family recipe (Aunt Tina still won’t reveal her pizza recipe), or a special sauce made from scratch, using the best quality local ingredients. For desserts, it’s all about the whimsy of childhood, and creating memories with a modern point of view.

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