Since growing up in Amish Country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Executive Chef Wyatt Lash has always been willing to go the extra mile to get his hands on local, farm-fresh ingredients. Taking his insatiable taste for honest food and connecting with surrounding communities, Chef Wyatt went on to earn his certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts from Lancaster County Career & Technology Center, and then to work at and eventually serve as Executive Chef at The Whip Tavern in Chester County Pennsylvania. Opening the Commoner and the Biergarten in 2015, he now heads up the kitchens, incorporating twists on a classic gastro-pub menu that highlighting products from surrounding farms and areas. And if he is not busy cooking, you may find him out hiking on one of the local trails or checking out what’s new in the Pittsburgh restaurant world.
Christina Maffei returns to her Pittsburgh roots as Director of Food and Beverage of The Commoner, bringing her extensive operational and beverage experience to her hometown. Earning a B.A. in Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, Christina began her career at a Hyatt Regency O’Hare as a MIT until a rare occasion allowed her to continue learning at the hands of Charlie Trotter at his two Michelin starred namesake restaurant in Chicago. She continued on to the Four Seasons Chicago for three years, prior to opening up Aria in the Fairmont Hotel Chicago, followed by several years as Restaurant Director on opening teams with various Trump Hotel properties in Chicago, Panama City, Waikiki and Miami. In 2012, Christina returned west to Hawaii where she was the Director of Restaurants and Bars for Hilton Hawaiin Village. Then, in 2014, she moved the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki as Director of Food and Beverage Operations, as well as starting her own restaurant and beverage consulting company. Bringing her world’s best mai tai title with her, Christina joins the Commoner team, committed to the best service and an innovative dining room.
In her spare time, Christina loves to hang out with her Boston terrier, Franklin. She also makes custom made wedding accessories that she sells in her own Etsy shop.
Alex Dando is a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and its diverse surrounding neighborhoods. Alex started working in downtown bars at the age of eighteen while studying Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He worked his way to opening and developing The Commoner’s menu by way of some of the city’s finest establishments. Alex brings the best of Western Pennsylvania’s flavors together with a dedication to creating balanced and accessible cocktails, while constantly innovating and giving a breath of fresh air to the classics. As a member of the United States Bartender’s Guild, he is constantly evolving and perfecting his own technique to provide the best and freshest libations around. With a strong focus on technique and presentation, Alex and the Commoner Bar team provide an enlightened, yet comfortable experience for business travelers and fellow “yinzers”, alike.