Dina was born in Chicago to immigrant parents from Sicily. As a youngster she moved to Shiny Las Vegas! Her parents had the hopes of opening Pizzeria's and not shoveling snow. Villa Roma quickly became a family business, and she began to work there at the ripe age of 7. Later she went on to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Psychology at UNLV, but always remained in the restaurant business. While serving at The Mirage hotel, she was offered a Beverage Manager position she quickly accepted, and oversaw 16 bars and 90 bartenders. Dina decided to leave the fast life and move to Rainy Portland, Oregon, where she managed for a Restaurant group for 4 years. Something always pulled her back to her hometown. In 2004, she accepted the General Manager position of the Italian Restaurant at the The Mirage, packed her bags and quickly went back to work. Low and behold a handsome Italian Chef shyly cooking in the French restaurant. Sal and Dina were introduced and a true love of life, cooking, and each other blossomed. They have owned and operated 2 restaurants and a catering company, while raising their beloved children Bella and Enzo. It was Dina's nagging dream to open a wedding venue that started the Vision Board. When Cozy Weddings of Gilbert went up for sale, for the second time, they were ready. The Cottage will host lavish parties under the stars, and quaint chapel ceremony indoors. Together Sal and Dina will continue to pursue their passion together.
Sal grew up on the East Coast in Stamford, Conneticut to immigrant parents from Calabria, Italy. He was no stranger to the kitchen, even at an early age. His love for cooking just grew with time, until he realized being a Chef would be his career of choice. Warm weather brought the whole family to Phoenix, where he began working for several Chefs in the Valley. With a dream and a push from his best friend, Sal decided to follow Chef Alex Stratta to Las Vegas. His technique and appreciation in French cuisine was fine tuned over the next 5 years at The Mirage Hotel. He made a small pit stop for a year in the beautiful Napa Valley, where he was the Tasting Manager for Franciscan Winery. He then made his way back to the Mirage where he would eventually meet Dina.
He new once relocating back to Phoenix 10 years ago, owning his own restaurant would make him truly happy. With a small bank account and a big dream, Zappone's Italian Bistro opened in the heart of Gilbert December 3rd, 2012. 1 1/2 later Zappone's Catering was open. Between Nightly dinners for 200 guests at The Bistro and putting out multiple weddings from the back of the kitchen the dream has grown. Opening a wedding venue and moving the Catering operations was an inevitable decision he new had to be made. His amazing and very popular event dinners have out grown the space, so now The Cottage is born! Eventually the venue will be to a commercial indoor and outdoor kitchen and the dream is complete!
Hannah was born in Cleveland, raised in Jefferson Ohio. She attended Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania where she obtained her Bachelors in psychology while playing Division I softball. Following graduation in 2014, she found her way to Arizona and began at Zappone’s Italian Bistro in Gilbert. She began as a server but quickly worked her way to management working closely with the owner, Dina Zappone, in growing the business.
Kailey Braddock is an Arizona native who was born in Mesa and raised in Gilbert. She recently graduated from Williams Field High School and is working on her RN degree at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. She loves being around people and inspiring them to be the best version of themselves. She has worked with Dina and Sal for a little over 3 years. During this time, Kailey’s work ethic and reliability has earned her several promotions and added responsibilities. She currently enjoys serving and being a catering manager. She is attuned to various client needs, incredibly organized, and determined to succeed in everything she is involved with. Presently, she lives in Mesa and has 2 sweet dogs that she adores. During her spare time, Kailey enjoys traveling, spending time at Disneyland with her family and friends, and sharing the latest shopping trends with her 2 younger sisters.
April Braddock has been living in the Valley of the Sun for over 25 years. She was born and raised in beautiful California and moved to Arizona during her high school years. She recently graduated from Maricopa Community College with her RN degree. April is energetic, kind, and full of life. She is a people person through and through. She has often been told she is “one of a kind.” She is passionate about family, God, and always bringing out the best in others. April loves the Arizona desert and sees herself growing old here with her husband, Kurt. Even though April & Kurt have been married for 20 years, if you ask April how she feels about her husband, she will say that she is more in love with him today than the moment they met. Together, they have 4 beautiful children they absolutely adore. April’s hobbies include hiking, traveling, and enjoying the memories she makes with her family.