About Us

Centonove is rooted in a passion for transporting our guests to Italy and bringing people together through wine and food.

Centonove is the creation of Restaurateur/Certified Sommelier Lisa Rhorer (owner of Cin-Cin Wine Bar, Los Gatos) and ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano. The uniquely designed café and retail shop is the embodiment of their shared love of Italian food, wine and culture. Centonove is rooted in a passion for transporting our guests to Italy and bringing people together though wine and food. The staff takes pride in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that represents classic Italian hospitality. 
The food, wine and beer selections are handpicked, and everyone who comes through the doors—from co-workers to vendors to our treasured guests—is greeted with integrity, respect and joy. We strive to continuously improve our business and make a positive impact on the Los Gatos community.  Centonove is a gathering place for you to relax, enjoy the food and drink of Italy and connect to friends and family.

LISA RHORER

Owner/Partner/Wine Director, Centonove and Cin-Cin Wine Bar & Restaurant, Certified Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Spanish Wine Educator, Academy of Spain

Lisa Rhorer is a former senior high-tech marketing professional, working for such Silicon Valley giants as Google, Oracle and Creative Labs as well as technology publishing media leader, IDG. She left Google to pursue her passion for wine, going on to graduate from the prestigious Professional Wine Studies Program at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California.

Rhorer continued her advanced studies in wine and became a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Spanish Wine Educator from the Wine Academy of Spain. She has participated as a sommelier judge for Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association. Rhorer opened Cin-Cin Wine Bar and Restaurant in Los Gatos in 2008. She selects all the wines for Cin-Cin’s wine program and was recently awarded the 2013 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Rhorer received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

In 2011, Rhorer partnered with Pasquale Romano to create Centonove, an Italian specialty retail store and café in Los Gatos featuring artisan cheese and charcuterie, hand-tossed pizza, small plates and wine and beer. Rhorer and Romano are both passionate about the Italian food and wine experience and are excited to bring the robust spirit of Italy to the community.

When Rhorer is not working, she can be found spending time with her husband Kevin and their two rescue dogs—Baby G, a Catahoula Hound and Frankee, a white Labrador.


PASQUALE ROMANO

Owner/Partner, Centonove and Cin-Cin Wine Bar & Restaurant

Pasquale (Pat) Romano has been interested in food and wine his whole life. With an Italian-born father, he enjoyed an authentic Italian upbringing that included long annual trips to Italy. It was only natural that he would ultimately co-found Centonove, where he can share the many facets of Italian food and wine with his local community.

Pasquale has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of ChargePoint, Inc. since February 2011. Previously, Pasquale co-founded 2Wire in 1998 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from September 2006 to October 2010 when it was acquired by Pace plc for $475M. From 1993 to 1998, Pasquale held multiple positions in marketing and engineering at Polycom. In 1989, Pasquale co-founded Fluent, Inc., a digital video networking company and served as Chief Architect until it was sold to Novell Corporation in 1993. In addition to serving as a board member for ChargePoint, Pasquale also serves as a board member for AgilOne, Inc., a big data analytics company, and previously for Meraki, Inc., a cloud managed networking company purchased by Cisco in December 2012. Pasquale currently sits on the advisory board for Virdata, an internet of things infrastructure company, and formerly held an advisory board role at Basis Science, a wearable fitness device company purchased by Intel in 2014. Pasquale holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and received his M.S. from MIT.