The Hotel at Auburn University provides several dining options for you to choose from whether you are a guest staying in our hotel or a resident of our local community.

Our Italian and Mediterranean inspired restaurant near Auburn University, Ariccia Trattoria offers fresh pizzas, pastas and grill entrees for dinner seven nights a week in addition to a daily breakfast buffet and lunch buffet (M-F).

Our jazz lounge, Piccolo, offers specialty cocktails and small bites perfect for an after work gathering, pre-dinner cocktail or nightcap listening to live Jazz on the weekends in Auburn, Alabama.

The lobby bar, Caffé Siena, offers a daily selection of freshly baked breakfast, lunch and snack items along with a full selection of specialty café drinks. Perfect for those “On The Run.”

Meet the Chefs

Chef Leonardo Maurelli, III

Executive Chef

Born in the Republic of Panama and having lived in Alabama since he was 11-years-old, Chef Maurelli’s cooking style is marked by the unique blend of his family’s Latino and Italian heritage as well as the years he has spent living in the South.

Chef Leo attended Auburn University, graduating with a degree in hotel and restaurant management in 2003. He has served as the Executive Chef of the famed Amsterdam Café in Auburn, Special Events and Catering Chef and Chef de Cuisine for The Hotel and Dixon Conference Center in Auburn and the executive chef of Central in Montgomery. He pairs his patronage of local farmers, cheesemakers, brewers and artisans with a uniquely personal multicultural take on comfortable Southern food, created with a straightforward style and grace.

Honored as the 2011 Alabama Restaurant Association and Alabama Hospitality Association Chef of the Year, Chef Leo is a founding member and President of The Front Porch Revival, a nonprofit organization in charge of promoting the arts in Alabama.


Chef Paul Diaz

Chef de Cuisine

Chef Paul Diaz grew up in Orlando Florida. His mother sparked the love for culinary in his heart from an early age. Mrs. Audrey Rosenthal, was a kitchen manager so naturally he was always helping her out. Today, Mrs. Audrey Rosenthal owns a very successful Deli, Daily News Too, in downtown Orlando, FL in which Chef Paul was of major assistance during opening as well as culinary operations in the first few years.

Chef Paul Diaz attended culinary school in Florence, Italy for two years while also working in Italy which allowed for him to both learn and perfect the traditional, as well as the modern, Italian cuisine.

His work experience includes but is not limited to luxury and 5-star resorts, including: The Ritz Carlton in U.S. Virgin Islands, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, the luxurious Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and former Capella Teluride, now The Madeline Hotel, in Colorado.  Chef Paul is thrilled to be the New Chef de Cuisine at The Hotel at Auburn University, and to be able to bring his world experiences to Ariccia Trattoria and Piccolo lounge.

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