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Viana David

David Viana

Lita

Biography

David Viana was born and raised in Little Lisboa: Newark, New Jersey’s Portuguese immigrant neighborhood. Growing up, he spent afternoons with his grandmother, Isaura, who introduced him to many of the dishes that grace Lita’s menu today.

He turned his early love of food into a storied career, rising through the ranks at Mesa... READ MORE

David Viana was born and raised in Little Lisboa: Newark, New Jersey’s Portuguese immigrant neighborhood. Growing up, he spent afternoons with his grandmother, Isaura, who introduced him to many of the dishes that grace Lita’s menu today.

He turned his early love of food into a storied career, rising through the ranks at Mesa Grill, Eleven Madison Park, Marea, and Villa Joya in Portugal. He joined the team at Heirloom Kitchen in 2026, where he received three-and-a-half stars from The Star-Ledger within weeks. In 2018 he was nominated as Best Chef Mid Atlantic by The James Beard Foundation, shortly by competing on Top Chef’s 16th season.

In addition to leading the culinary helm at Lita, he is the Executive Chef at Heirloom Kitchen and Heirloom Kitchen at The St Laurent. When he’s not working he is spending time with his son, Cole, teaching him to make fejauda and taking him to Chuck E Cheese.

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