Meet Our Team

Savor Every Bite. Live, Laugh, Eat, Drink and Enjoy!!!!

Violette’s Cellar is committed to cancer treatment and research. As part of our mission, we have made the largest donation pledge to
Staten Island University Hospital’s new Comprehensive Cancer Center. A portion of every dollar spent here will help us continue making strides
in the battle against cancer!

Chef/Owner Peter Botros

Chef/Owner Peter Botros has been in the food service since he was thirteen.  Peter has worked in all areas of the restaurant and catering industry.  His passion for food and service has led him to realize his dream, The Stone House at Clove Lakes!

The Stone House is the total package of ambiance, gourmet food, and spectacular service.  Peter and his staff welcome you to experience what all the buzz is about.

In addition to Peter’s restaurant accolades, he is a well-respected Mortgage Banker.  Peter is a Senior Loan Officer with US Mortgage and is regarded by many to be an expert in this field.

Executive Chef Antonio Vasquez Flores

Antonio emigrated from Mexico to the United States in 1983. His first job upon arriving to the US was as a dishwasher. In 1987, he started working at Toto’s, a prominent family owned restaurant on Staten Island. The Toto’s owned several restaurants and event venues and Antonio found himself quickly rising through the ranks of a restaurant kitchen. In 1989, he was named Sous Chef at the highly touted South Shore Country Club and Golf Course. For the next fifteen years, he was in charge of both the a la carte and banquet facilities. In 2005, Antonio landed a new position as Executive Chef of The Lake Club. In 2012, he left The Lake Club and had several brief stints at high end restaurants around NYC. In 2014, he was hired as Executive Chef of The Stone House at Clove Lakes. Together with Chef/Owner Peter Botros, Antonio has created an eclectic contemporary American menu that sees changes seasonally. In March of 2015, Antonio and Peter launched Chef’s Loft at The Stone House. Chef’s Loft is an intimate 16 to 20 seat Loft overlooking Staten Island’s most romantic dining room. The Chef’s Loft at The Stone House is among the most innovative and exclusive dining experiences in New York City. A new tasting menu is introduced each month consisting of 5 courses and includes wine and cocktail pairings for each course.

Sommelier Roberto Hernandez

Roberto Hernandez was born in Mexico City he discovered his passion for the food and beverage industry, after graduating business school, he was able to travel across Mexico, it was here where Roberto had the opportunity to taste some of the most unique and delicious drinks and food. After that he decided to move to America to start a new career. He started working in a catering company at Westchester county later on he was able to work a Mexican restaurant curating the selection of tequilas with over 120 bottles. By 2009 he started to work with chef Angelo Magno,one of the most awarded chefs in westchester, where he was in charge to select wines at Milongas, an Argentinian and Italian restaurant. Fernando Oliveira GM at half moon in dobbs ferry became one of his first mentores he started to convince him to start preparing for his career. He had the opportunity to work for David Bouley where he meet some of the top sommeliers in America, he saw this as an inspiration and decided to enrolled ICC in order to obtain his certification by the court of masters sommeliers. Roberto is currently working for one the top 10 sommeliers in the world Alexander LaPratt (MS) at Atrium Dumbo. Right now Roberto Hernandez is looking to achieve a third level of the court of masters.

Pastry Chef - Carrie Laird

Carrie Laird, born and raised in the South, spent her childhood in Georgia and attended college in Athens. Post college she pursued her passion for food, which led her to live and work in Illinois, Pennsylvania and as far away as Norway and Panama. She returned to Georgia to work with award winning Chef Hugh Acheson then later moved on to New Orleans working with Chef John Harris as Executive Pastry Chef for Lilette restaurant. Her interest in other cultures and their corresponding food ways make New York a perfect fit to call home. She resides on Staten Island with her partner and two children where she continues her commitment to preparing quality, seasonal desserts.

Stone House is among the most innovative and exclusive dining experiences in New York City. A new tasting menu is introduced each month consisting of 5 courses and includes wine and cocktail pairings for each course.