Rising Star Sommelier Ryan Arnold of Lettuce Entertain You - Biography

Chicago, IL

May 2015


As a college student studying in Rome and Torino, Ryan Arnold was distracted from his studies by Italy's most seductive attribute, its gastronomic culture.  From this a career and life long passion was born.

In 2004, seeking to be re-acquainted with the pleasures of all things Italian, Ryan became a member of the opening team of Lettuce Entertain You's Osteria Via Stato, still a Chicago dining legend. Not only was Ryan enamored of the industry that would become his long term profession, he was reintroduced to the grace and flourishes of Italian wine.  Following this passion, Ryan joined the team of the renowned Italian wine importer Vin Divino as a sales rep, quickly moving up the ranks to regional manager, and a few years later, became a powerful force at Winebow of Illinois. 

A few years later, Ryan returned to LEYE, as Divisional Wine Director, overseeing numerous wine programs, including RPM Italian, Paris Club Bistro and Bar, Hub 51, and Summer House Santa Monica. He also co-founded Squire Wine Co., an internet service promoting wine events and job openings to the Chicago wine community. Ryan has even developed a wine of his own, Abide Pinot Noir, with a California winery, which is now sold in many of Chicago's top restaurants.