Who is Aoki Lee Simmons’ boyfriend? All about restaurateur Vittorio Assaf

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Model and Harvard University graduate Aoki Lee Simmons is enjoying a new relationship.

Serafina, the 21-year-old daughter of model Kimora Lee Simmons and entrepreneur Russell Simmons, is dating restaurant group founder Vittorio Assaf, People confirmed in April 2024. The two met in St. Barths a day after it was reported that they were dating. They were seen kissing each other on the island.

Simmons’ modeling career began while she was in college at Harvard, from which she graduated in 2023 at the age of 20. Since then she has appeared on the covers of many magazines. teen Vogue And to flauntAlso collaborated with brands like Tommy Hilfiger and BCBG.

Assaf is best known for being the founder of Serafina, a popular Italian restaurant in New York City. He was married to model Charlotte Bonstrom before their separation in 2021.

So who is Aoki Lee Simmons’ boyfriend? Here’s everything you need to know about Vittorio Assaf and his relationship with the model.

He grew up in Milan

Vittorio Assaf attends the Central Park Conservancy’s “Taste of Summer” on June 2, 2010 in New York City.

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According to an interview with Natfluence in June 2015, Assaf was raised in Italy and grew up in Milan, where he studied law at the University of Urbino. He worked at the Milan Stock Exchange for eight years before choosing a career.

In 1985, he moved to NYC to pursue opportunities in the fashion industry. He opened Café Candiotti in the city the same year, which displayed original Andy Warhol paintings.

He is the co-founder of Serafina Restaurant Group

Vittorio Assaf attends the grand opening of Serafina Express on Broad Street on September 13, 2022 in New York City.

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Assaf told Netfluence that he has been cooking all his life, starting at the age of 4 helping his grandmother throw dinner parties for 40 to 50 people. By the time he turned 12, she was too old to cook everything herself, so he mainly took over.

The idea for Serafina came when Assaf and his co-founder Fabio Granato were stranded at sea in a small boat and daydreaming about the perfect pizza. They promised each other that once they got back on land, they would open a restaurant serving the best pizza – and that’s what they did in 1995 when the first Serafina Fabulous Pizza location opened on the Upper East Side.

“The basic idea was to create a restaurant that was an extension of your own dining room. A place where families, kids, business people, celebrities, actors, singers can be together and feel comfortable,” Assaf told Netfluence about his vision for the restaurant.

He further added, “The food is made from the best quality ingredients and the prices are reasonable. We started 20 years ago and my vision is to continue our tradition.”

he was already married

Charlotte Assaf and Vittorio Assaf attend the Central Park Conservancy’s “Taste of Summer” on June 2, 2010 in New York City.

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Assaf was married to model Charlotte Bonstrom for more than two decades and they had two children together before separating in 2021.

Simmons and Assaf were confirmed dating in April 2024

In April 2024, People confirmed that Simmons and Assaf were dating after meeting in St. Barths, a favorite travel destination of the Simmons family.

“Aoki and Vittorio have been spending time together and enjoying each other’s company,” a source close to Simmons tells People.

The couple, who have a 44-year age gap, were later seen enjoying time on the tropical island in the photos obtained. daily Mail, Shortly after the photos were made public, Simmons posted a photo of herself on her Instagram Stories, addressing them with the caption, “Hey, now I know why people were calling me that.”

Her father said he could only offer his advice on her budding relationship.

Russell Simmons and Aoki Lee Simmons attend the Champ Medici and Fam Lounge at Marquee on June 19, 2022 in New York City.

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While Kimora has yet to comment on her daughter’s new relationship, Russell shared his opinion with TMZ a few days after the photos surfaced.

“I’m not going to kick and scream about her choices,” he said. “I can just give my advice and unconditional love.”

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