Chef Alex Manley at Josephine House.(Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Bufalina has hired longtime McGuire Moorman Hospitality employee Alexandra Manley to serve as its executive chef. Manley has worked as executive pastry chef for the popular restaurant group that includes Elizabeth Street Café, Perla’s, et al, and recently worked as the chef at Josephine House.

Manley will be the executive chef for the East Austin Italian restaurant and its sister restaurant, Bufalina Due, which is slated to open later this year at 6555 Burnet Rd.

“I’ll still be very much involved in day-to-day pizza operations, but as we start to grow, I feel it’s important to do everything we can to maintain consistency, and I’m confident Alex can help us do just that,” Bufalina owner Steven Dilley said. “In addition, Alex helped open several restaurants while at MMH, and I’m hoping her experience can make things smoother for us as we get closer to opening on Burnet Rd.”