Lee Ann Frahm Izzo, Owner/Manager
Lee Ann started her restaurant career in 2002 as a part-time bartender at a neighborhood family-owned Irish bar called Third & Long in New York City, while working full-time as a retail buyer at Bloomingdales. She left Bloomingdales to pursue the restaurant business full-time in 2010 and has since managed the opening of two restaurants, Edison Place of Queens NY and Baci Café of Danville CA. She made her way to San Francisco in 2014 and assumed a Management role at Waterbar, a lively restaurant on the Embarcadero where she managed the front of house staff. This is also where she met Steve and they were married in 2017 and still reside in San Francisco.
Aside from working in restaurants, Lee Ann has done more than a dozen triathlons, enjoys hanging with her family and friends, and maintains a chalk art business that she does artwork for local bars and restaurants, as well as specialty boards for families and weddings. She also passed the Introductory Sommelier Exam last May in Napa.
Lee Ann grew up in Stamford, Connecticut for her early childhood then moved to Danville, California. She is also a graduate of Indiana University.
STEVEN Izzo, Owner/BEVERAGE DIRECTOR
Steven Izzo brings over 25 years of experience to Dobbs Ferry, as the former Beverage Director & Sommelier at Waterbar, which he began at in the fall of 2007 to help them build the beverage program from the ground up for the eventual restaurant opening in January 2008. Izzo maintained an extensive collection of both domestic and international wines, as well as the classically minded cocktail & spirits program.
Steven started his career as a bartender near his hometown in 1986 at a lively dockside restaurant in Guilford, Connecticut. After years of working in a variety of east coast fine-dining establishments he made his way to California finally settling in San Francisco in 1996. He spent 11 years (1996-2007) at One Market, starting as a bartender then eventually moving into the role as the Beverage Director.
Steven has participated as a member of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Tasting Panel, and currently serves as a judge for both the San Francisco International Wine Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Izzo has passed The Court of Masters Sommelier’s Certifiied level exam and plans to sit for the Advanced Sommelier exam next year.
DANA WOODWARD, ChEF DE CUISINE
Woodward’s restaurant career began in 2006 as a dishwasher and prep cook at a small restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY – a bustling town with a seasonal horse racing track that attracted visitors in search of a good meal after a day of betting on ponies. In 2009, after graduating from State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a BS in Ecology, Dana returned to the line. Under the tutelage of Matt Ray of Livingood’s Restaurant, Dana honed her culinary skills as a line cook before leaving to study at Culinary Institute of America – Hyde Park. After a brief stint at CIA, Dana found herself being drawn back to the line and left school to pursue an internship across the country at Waterbar in San Francisco. Woodward quickly rose through the ranks becoming a sous chef, and it was at Waterbar where Woodward’s relationship with Steven and Lee Ann cultivated and lead her to the position of chef de cuisine at Dobbs Ferry.