Peter and Colleen McCarthy opened EVOO in June, 1998. Peter graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in November, 1987 where he was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by his graduating class. Just out of CIA, Peter began working at the Bostonian Hotel as a breakfast cook. He worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to Executive Chef in 1993. In 1997, Peter left the Bostonian to pursue his dream of opening his own restaurant. EVOO opened ten months later.
Colleen, a CPA, graduated from Stonehill College with a degree in accounting and joined the public accounting profession in 1991. Colleen continued to work in public accounting until June 2000 when she joined Peter at EVOO full time.
In 2004, Peter and Colleen opened their first Za location in Arlington with Steve Kurland as the General Manager. Steve joined the EVOO team when EVOO relocated to Kendall Square in 2010 to a space shared with a second Za location.
For more information about Za, please visit the Za website at zarestaurant.com.