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IMGM2205-RETOUCHEDAfter she graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC in 1992, Marie Gattacieca, born and raised in Grenoble in the French Alps, has always had in mind to come back and live in the US. Unfortunately, none of the opportunities she might have had throughout the various positions that she held during her 15 years long career in the Communications field had managed to get her there.

In 2007, when her husband Stéphane and a friend of his started to investigate about the possibility to open a French Restaurant in Ocala, north of Orlando, she was their first supporter.

Thanks to her background in marketing and communications she has been of great help and support to launch and promote their restaurant.

Also born and raised in the French Alps, in the city of Annecy, which is almost as famous for its beautiful lake as for the large variety of mountain pasture cheeses you can find there, Stéphane got to learn how to cook from a very young age, under the supervision of a father who used to be a professional pastry chef.

In 2008, the desire to live and share his passion for food lead Stéphane to put his former job as an investment banker into parentheses to attend advanced cooking classes at the world famous Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon and to train as an assistant manager for a few months in a restaurant owned by a friend of his in Lyon. A year later, Stéphane, Marie and their two sons, then aged 10 & 13, took the plunge and crossed the ocean along with their friend and his family.

Upon opening in 2009, Stéphane and his friend’s restaurant instantly got recognized as one the Best Restaurant Newcomers in Florida that year by the renowned Florida Trend Magazine. Year after year, the restaurant has earned various awards including a Golden Spoon Award, three years in a row in 2011, 2012 and 2013, from the same Florida Trend Magazine. Very recently, in April of 2014, it received a coveted “Best of Taste” award at the 26th edition of Taste of Ocala, a yearly competition gathering top local restaurants to raise money for the College of Central Florida.

“After 5 years in Ocala, my wife and I have decided to leave the green pastures and majestic old live oak trees to embrace the vibrant lifestyle of South Florida. We love it here and we are very much looking forward to sharing our passion for food and wines with you!!”

Marie & Stéphane


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“ Great service, very friendly and attentive ”

“ This is a very nice restaurant, low noise level, linen tablecloths and close to shopping in Boca ”

” Enjoy your meal and go for a mini vacation to France while overlooking a beautiful water fountain located right outside the restaurant “

” Convenient location — charming, warm atmosphere, welcoming to anyone French and English speaking “




Chez Marie at Restaurant Guru