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Our People: The Heart and
Soul of de Seversky

As a division of New York Institute of Technology, our mission is to provide clients, students, faculty, and staff with the finest service and culinary experience as well as a fond memory of a once-in-a-lifetime event.

We look forward to helping you plan your next event. Please contact our staff with general questions.

Robert Rizzuto

Robert Rizzuto


Robert is graduate of the renowned Culinary Institute of America, and studied under top chefs as Daniel Boulud, Charlie Palmer, Christian Delouvrier, and Alain Ducasse to name a few. In addition Robert had the privilege to train under Chef Guy Martin at the Château de Divonne in Divonne-les-Bains, France . He and his team presented several dinners at the James Beard House in NYC and he was one of 10 candidates chosen to be interviewed for the position of sous chef at the White House under George H.W. Bush.

Robert oversees the dining both at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion and Campus Dining where his team prepares meals for the New York Tech students’ faculty and staff. He is proud to work with such a talented team at the mansion mostly because each of his colleagues believes in serving our clients in remarkable fashion.

Robert Neumann

Robert Neumann

Executive Chef

Robert joined the culinary team in 2008 where his raw talent and passion quickly moved him up the ranks and into the role of Executive Chef. Robert built his foundation by obtaining his education from the New York Institute of Technology and the Culinary Institute of America, followed by training in some of New York’s top restaurants including renowned Chef Daniel Boulud’s Michelin star restaurant Daniel. Robert and his team continue to receive accolades for his approach to banquet cooking, by offering a trendy, creative, restaurant quality dining experience on Long Islands Historic Gold Coast.

Jose Portillo

José Portillo

Banquet Manager

José arrived at New York Tech with more than eighteen years’ experience in the food services and hospitality industry. If you have the pleasure of entering through the front doors to our exquisite foyer, you will be welcomed by José and would believe you were part of his family. His passion to offer our guests exceptional service from the minute you arrive for the tour till your good-byes the night of your special day.

“This place, de Seversky Mansion, requires a ‘personal touch’, you must give 100% attention to the guests... The message I bring to my team is the way we provide service that sets us apart, and I take this very serious “

Dana M. Perna

Dana M. Perna

Sales & Events Manager

Whether your occasion calls for black ties or wholesome white, casual cocktails or a picnic on our beautifully manicured grounds, Dana is dedicated to planning and designing magnificent occasions that you and your guests will reminisce forever.

Dana works unswervingly with every client and executes all details discussed and carries your visions to the rest of the de Seversky team. Her passion with the industry began with the enjoyment of attending events and being curious to all the specific details that go into such a special day. Nothing is more satisfying then knowing her commitment and personal touches offered exclusively to all her clients from the initial phone conversation no doubt consistently leads to a successful outcome.