Restaurant Dining Area


The Hotel at Auburn University provides several dining options for you to choose from, whether you are a guest staying in our hotel or a resident of our local community looking to enjoy Auburn, Alabama restaurants and bars.

Our Italian and Mediterranean inspired restaurant near Auburn University, Ariccia Trattoria offers fresh pizzas, pastas and grill entrees for dinner seven nights a week in addition to a daily breakfast buffet and lunch a la carte menu.

Our jazz lounge, Piccolo, offers specialty cocktails and small bites perfect for an after work gathering, pre-dinner cocktail or nightcap listening to live Jazz on the weekends in Auburn, Alabama.

The lobby bar, H.C. Valentine, offers a daily selection of freshly baked breakfast, lunch and snack items along with a full selection of specialty café drinks. Perfect for those “On The Run.”

Meet the Chefs

Chef Leonardo Maurelli, III

Executive Chef

Born in the Republic of Panama and having lived in Alabama since he was 11-years-old, Chef Maurelli’s cooking style is marked by the unique blend of his family’s Latino and Italian heritage as well as the years he has spent living in the South.

Chef Leo attended Auburn University, graduating with a degree in hotel and restaurant management in 2003. He has served as the Executive Chef of the famed Amsterdam Café in Auburn, Special Events and Catering Chef and Chef de Cuisine for The Hotel and Dixon Conference Center in Auburn and the executive chef of Central in Montgomery. He pairs his patronage of local farmers, cheesemakers, brewers and artisans with a uniquely personal multicultural take on comfortable Southern food, created with a straightforward style and grace.

Honored as the 2011 Alabama Restaurant Association and Alabama Hospitality Association Chef of the Year, Chef Leo is a founding member and President of The Front Porch Revival, a nonprofit organization in charge of promoting the arts in Alabama.


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