Caffé Prego is the creation of Donato Tramuto and Jeffrey Porter. The Caffé opened its doors in June of 2006 as Ogunquit’s original Italian Caffé. We started small, serving Panini, salads, authentic Italian desserts, house made gelato using authentic ingredients from Bologna Italy, and great espresso and coffee drinks using Danesi Coffee. After our first season in business we realized that demand was such that we needed to expand our menu and our dining area. We purchased our stone pizza oven, doubled our seating capacity and expanded our menu to include Pizza, Italian entrees, wine, beer and spirits along with our popular Panini, desserts, coffee and gelato.
We also began to build our great team. Always wanting to keep an international flair to the Caffé, we decided to invest in recruiting students from Europe as well as individuals from the USA. Each year we reach out to local and international colleges and universities to build our team. We are fortunate that over the years we have welcomed team members from Poland, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Jamaica and of Course the United States. This mix of team members really provides a unique atmosphere where we all learn about different cultures and provides our dining guests to experience a little bit of Italy right here in Ogunquit.
Donovan Fraser – Executive Chef
Donovan Fraser grew up in a small tourist town in Jamaica called Ocho Rios. Much like Ogunquit, they welcome visitors for their season, which is exactly opposite ours! During high school Donovan became interested in cooking. Following graduation he entered the Sandals Culinary Training program in Jamaica which included regular coursework and on the job training at the Sandals resort. Following the completion of his training he remained with the Sandals Resort for two years, honing his culinary skills.
After his days at Sandals he decided to travel and see the world and found his way to Ogunquit and worked for three summers at various restaurants in town and in 2005 began his career at our sister property Five-O Shore Road Restaurant. During his tenure as Sous Chef, Donovan worked closely with Five-O’s accomplished executive chefs including James Walter, Five-O’s current Executive Chef and past executives Zach Crosby and Will Foden.
While we are an Italian restaurant, Donovan always tries to incorporate as many local products in his recipes as possible, working with many of the fantastic local purveyors.
Donovan is a very positive, self motivated and passionate individual. He creates a friendly and fun environment where he and his team can produce great meals for all of our guests while enjoying their work in an active kitchen!
J.W. Beane – General Manager
Born and raised in New York, J.W. found his way to Caffe Prego after he visiting Ogunquit over several summers. He instantly fell in love with the town and the community. He realized his passion for the Hospitality industry in 2009 after joining the management team at Wynn Las Vegas. There he found his calling; it was instantly that he discovered he had a passion for customer satisfaction. The love for food has always been there; whether it is cooking it or eating it, he finds anything that has to do with cuisine intriguing. Combining his love for food and his passion to give guests a unique and memorable experience has kept him in Hospitality.
J.W. has explored a variety of different restaurant concepts. Some of those include Havana blue in the USVI and Dave & Busters in the Northeast US; it’s these different types of restaurants that have help to develop J.W.’s management career.
After many years of working for larger scale operations, J.W. proudly joined the Caffe Prego team in early 2018. “I wanted to work in a more intimate environment. I have definitely found that here; I love being part of this family,” J.W. says.
When J.W. is not at work he enjoys the beach and spending time on the golf course. From hiking to running on the beach to walking his dogs, outdoors is where he likes to be.