Executive Chef Glen Urso
Executive Chef Glen Urso started his career in a church kitchen in his home state of New York. Quickly realizing that his job at the church could become a career he attended the Culinary Institute of America, graduating in 1997 and landing a job at the Adams Mark Hotel (which is no longer in operation) in St. Louis. Throughout his career he’s worked in multiple restaurants in Indianapolis, which Condé Nast Traveler called one of the country’s most underrated food cities, in multiple types of cuisine from traditional Mexican to Italian. The allure of working in a hotel again, came to fruition for Chef Urso in 2011 when he learned that two restaurants would be built inside the under construction JW Marriott Indianapolis. He seized the opportunity and was hired at the Executive Chef at High Velocity. In 2015, Chef Urso decided to try his hand at Italian cuisine and made the move across the lobby of the JW Marriott Indianapolis at the Executive Chef for Osteria Pronto.
During his tenure with the JW Marriott Indianapolis, Chef Urso has lead his team to many successes including the honor of being White Lodging’s F&B Team of the Year 3 years running and the 2016 Gold Platter Award from Meetings & Conventions Magazine.
“Being a part of the biggest and one of the best hotels in Indianapolis is an honor” says Chef Urso. I take pride in providing the fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create our authentic Italian cuisine”. Chef Urso works hard to maintain local partnerships for the best ingredients around. “Our gnocchi is hand rolled daily in house and our pasta is made special for us by Padini Pasta here in Indianapolis. We also partner with Chef’s Garden to help source fresh herbs and vegetables.”
On his days off you can find Chef Urso spending time with his 10 year old son and 1 year old daughter and cheering on his New York Mets!