Employee Spotlight: Executive Chef Al Cannito

Heading into his second season at Breeze, we caught up with Executive Chef Al Cannito to hear about his background in the kitchen, what he’s enjoyed about Nantucket since joining us, and  

Question: What’s Your Personal Background?

Answer: I’ve worked primarily in boutique hotels like The Nantucket Hotel. I’ve also worked in Asia…I was a leader on the culinary team that helped open the Mandaly Bay hotel in Las Vegas and the team that opened the famed Ocean House in Rhode Island. It takes about 3-6 months to open a new hotel restaurant what with designing the menu, hiring the staff, perfecting the recipes, etc.

Question: What’s Your Favorite Thing About The Nantucket Hotel?

Answer: I like the freedom to create my own seasonal menus and design menus that reflect the location I’m in and the guests that I serve.

Question: What is Your Favorite Island Spot?

Answer: I like the accessibility of the town to the Hotel. Nantucket is so quaint with its cobblestone streets, brick sidewalks, and the New England beach resort architecture. It feels very nostalgic; I really like that.

Question: What Do You Like to Do in Your Spare Time?

Answer: I enjoy biking around the Island. I also occasionally like a good cigar and a glass of La Creme (Pinot Noir).

Question: What Do You Like to Eat at Home?

Answer: Well, last night I had a grilled, bone-in ribeye, mashed potatoes, and sauteed asparagus.

Question: Do You Have a Recipe That You Can Share With Us?

Answer: A real easy one that I love is Pork Ragu:

Sautee individual pork ribs (not baby-back ribs) and season them with onion powder, garlic, salt and pepper in a pot – together with olive oil until well browned on all sides.

Add marinara sauce and simmer on the stove for a couple of hours until the meat falls off the bones. Remove the bones ad serve over pasta.

This is an easy recipe that is really delicious.

Question: Can you give us a sneak peek into a new recipe that you’re cooking up for us this year?

Answer: I’m working on a cauliflower, rice-encrusted salmon dish right now.

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What a pretty little island we have here 📸: @kristenconnorphotography
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Congrats to @mpappag, the latest winner of our #MyVintageSummer series! Her vintage summer photo stirred our Timeless Summer heartstrings and captured the essence of a day of adventures under the sun. If you have a vintage family photo that you think will do the same, share it with us and you might win a Nantucket vacation (or one with our sister resort, @winnetu.mv). Tap the link in our bio to learn more, and happy summering!
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Pop the cork! 🍾🍾 Opened the newspaper yesterday and found out we’ve been named @tripadvisor’s #1 Luxury Hotel of the year. Thanks to our wonderful guests who made this exciting award possible! Head to the link in our bio to read more! 📸: @stacieflinner
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Blooming with fun over at The Nantucket this summer- tap the link in our bio to learn about how we’re making this summer timeless 📸: @katiefromboston
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Endless blooms 🌸 this time of the year 📸: @vic_nkt
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The crunch of oyster-shells and the smell of hydrangeas means you’re probably staying in one of our cottages 📸: @jackiegreaney // @pjhavel
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30 miles out to sea and never a dull sight to see 📸: @jamie.watkins
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Every day feels like the weekend on this island 📸: @shorelinesillustrated
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It’s a great day to have a great day. Happy 4th from all of us at The Nantucket Hotel 🇺🇸 📸: @howieguja
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Sights and scenes like this surround you on the pleasant stroll into town from our front door 📸: @pjhavel
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Did you know that the cottages at The Nantucket Hotel are dog-friendly? 👋 to @hunt.the.whoodle who was with us recently!
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In-room breakfast never looked so good 📸: @jackiegreaney // @pjhavel
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We’re having so much fun sorting through your #MyVintageSummer submissions and we’re excited to announce the second winner!Congrats to @daniellemalfitanaduane whose photo is filled with the splashy summer-y energy we’re channeling this summer. We turned her vintage summer photo into this poster to use in our Season 2020 advertising campaign and she will be receiving a voucher for two-night stay with us or our sister resort on Martha’s Vineyard, @winnetu.mv. We’re picking two more winners this summer so keep those submissions coming! Share it with us using the #MyVintageSummer hashtag or tap the link in our bio to learn how to submit if your Instagram account is set to private.
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Summer looks good on the neighborhood. What’s your favorite evening stroll in Brant Point?
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Summer rituals are already in motion at The Nantucket. A late afternoon dip at Jetties? Book by the pool? Walk to Brant Point? Cocktail on the porch? What’s your favorite summer ritual on Nantucket? 📸: @laurenswells
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Who’s excited to roll right into a timeless summer? Tap the link in our bio to learn about all the fun new experiences we’re offering this summer! 📸: @prepfordwife // @marcsford
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Love this time of the year and LOVE being able to welcome our guests back. Thinking about joining us this year and wondering what summer at the hotel or on the island is looking like this year? Head on over to the link in our bio to learn about how we’re making this summer special 📸: @merhanson
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We’re back open to the public starting tomorrow and ready for a #TimelessSummer on Nantucket. Head on over to the link in our bio to learn about the new experiences, amenities, and activities we’re offering this season.
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We’re also excited to announce the first winner of our #MyVintageSummer campaign! Congrats to @amoskovitz on her winning vintage photo submission. We loved this shot on the beach from her childhood - it reminds us of everything we love about summer!
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Feeling grateful today 📸: @mistrichins
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This week we spoke with Jasper Young, third generation Nantucketer at the family business. With their iconic spinning sign, @youngsbikeshop is a familiar sight to anyone who’s ever disembarked at Nantucket’s Steamship Authority Wharf. Tap our story for a link to our conversation with Jasper!
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It’s always magical here, but when the blooms start arriving there’s a little extra magic 📸: @zofiaphoto
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This week we spoke with Don Peacock of @tallshiplynx. Tap our Story for a link to read our a Island Spotlight about the history of the ship and Don’s involvement with the Lynx Educational Foundation
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