Steven Crane is the owner of Pó in the West Village. He began his culinary career back in high school, working as a lunch cook at the Whistle Stop in Seaside Heights, NJ. He moved to San Francisco in 1980, where his passion for Italian food and wine, flourished in the restaurant business. Crane worked at several prestigious San Francisco restaurants including the Cliff House and Jackson Fillmore Trattoria, before enrolling in culinary school at Tante Maries. Shortly after graduating from Tante Maries he worked as the lunch chef at Jackson Fillmore Trattoria, and then took the position of front of house manager at Chef Giancarlo Bortelotti’s Ristorante La Pergola.
In 1993 Crane relocated back to New York, to partner with long time friend and famed chef, Mario Batali. Cogniznat of the abundance of Italian specialty shops and local food purveyors in the surrounding neighborhood, along with discovering that the potential space for their restaurant was once home to Cafe Cino (New Yorks’ first Off-Off Broadway Theater c.,1958), Crane and Batali decided 31 Cornelia Street was the perfect home for Pó.