David Lombardo

Wine + Beverage Director
Benchmarc Restaurants by Marc Murphy

After stints tending bar at Commune, Commissary and Blue Fin, David Lombardo met Marc at Southwest NY and formed an instant friendship. When Murphy was tapped to become Chef at Chinoiserie, David joined him as Bar Manager and the rest is history. Since then, David has crafted his own wine education through tasting, reading and traveling to wine regions throughout Europe and the United States. His acumen is evident in the award-winning wine lists he curates for all of the Benchmarc restaurants. And, as you can see, he may have the most varied past of anyone in the family.


25 Things You Didn’t Know About David Lombardo

  1. I am the son of Sicilian immigrants.
  2. My mother’s sister is married to my father’s brother.
  3. I studied English and philosophy in college. Who says a liberal arts degree gets you nowhere?
  4. My first car was a 1966 Mustang.
  5. I worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India.
  6. I lettered in three varsity sports in high school. Drinking wasn’t one of them.
  7. I have worked with and been friends with Marc Murphy for over 20 years.
  8. I share a birthday with Alfred Hitchcock. Guess who’s older.
  9. I spent two weeks building houses in West Virginia with Habitat for Humanity.
  10. I have been a volunteer programming director for the New York Special Olympics since 1998.
  11. I was a Clinical Administrator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for three years.
  12. I find Snapple cap facts fascinating. Recently I also found out some of them aren’t true?!
  13. I put uni on every piece of sushi I eat.
  14. I have a complete set of first edition Garbage Pail Kids cards.
  15. The first drink I ever ordered in a bar was a Screwdriver. I still have the glass.
  16. I don’t drink wine everyday.
  17. I think Pringles and grapes are the perfect airplane snacks.
  18. I have visited over 100 different wine regions.
  19. I drink rosé all year long.
  20. My favorite beer is Corona with lime.
  21. I don’t have any tattoos.
  22. I learned to cook from my parents.
  23. I hope to have my own house in Sicily someday.
  24. I created a wine label named after my mother.
  25. I was born in NYC.