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.

John Medonis

Executive Chef

A lifelong Connecticut native and culinarian, Executive Chef John Medonis has been a part of the Treva team for four years executing elevated Italian style dishes.  Describing his kitchen as a “fun mix of fast-paced science and art, John does not take himself too seriously even though the food is seriously delicious.

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.  A Master Sommelier, 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

Lincoln De Aguiar

General Manager

Lincoln De Aguiar, originally from Rio de Janeiro, has spent over 20 years working in all aspects of restaurant and hospitality industries. Starting from humble beginnings working in the kitchen making pizzas as a teen, Lincoln then moved onto front of the house responsibilities as a busser, server, bartender and most recently, has further progressed his career by taking on management roles. Lincoln recently co-managed at Molto Wine Bar in Fairfield, CT before starting with Doro Restaurant Group as an Assistant Manager for Artisanal Burger Company in Manchester, CT. He has a hand-on type managing style and likes to costantly expand his already extensive wine and liquor knowledge. He is currently working towards his Certified Dietary Manager certification and ServSafe Manager certification. He is always looking to improve and grow. He is fluent in Portuguese in addition to English and when he isn't working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son.