PRG All-stars: Diane, Private Dining Manager


Diane Lally
Private Dining Manager
Paragary Restaurant Group

Name any state and I have lived there—that is why I can relate to almost all of our guests! Seriously! I was born in Columbus Ohio…

How long have you worked for PRG?
15 fabulous years!

Best part of working for PRG?
My job is never boring—things are always changing! I also feel as if my guests are part of my family and I put in the effort to treat everyone I encounter with love, respect and dedication. To feel valued and know that I’m good at my job is such an amazing feeling.

Have you organized events for any famous/important people?
Yes, lots!! Let’s see…Hilary Clinton, Clint Eastwood, Maria Shriver, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Robert Sargent Shriver, Shaquille O’Neal, Presidents (Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush), Governors (Brown, Deukmejian, Wilson, Davis, and Schwarzenegger), and lots of other important people!

First job ever:
A restaurant job of course!

What is your favorite dish from any of the PRG locations?
I sometimes like to think that I’m a chef, so I’m always creating new items in every restaurant I visit. Sometimes I just altar one ingredient to change it up and other times I recreate a whole new dish!

What is your favorite food or drink?
Wine! I love it with almost everything. Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant and every day more civilized.

When not at work, you can find me…
Outdoors. I love gardening, kayaking, golfing, running, skiing.

What do you do for fun?
Live my life—just being who I am and saying what I feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind!

Recipe for success:
Success is doing ordinary things extraordinary well.

Best PRG memory:
My mom & dad’s Surprise 50th Anniversary party at Spataro Restaurant and Bar. It was the best! It was so nice to be able to do something like this at one of the PRG restaurants. I enjoyed giving back to the most important people in my life. Words cannot express how great it felt.

Drink of choice:
Wine! Life is too short to drink bad wine—it improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it! And sometimes I happen do some of my best work with a glass in my hand!

Fun/interesting fact:
I am one of seven sisters (no brothers!). And yes, I am the middle child, which explains a little bit about me—I’m loud, always need to have the last word and will fight for what I believe in. Sisters are probably the most competitive and dynamic relationship within families. At the same time, we love each other to death but still want to wring each others’ necks simultaneously. My sisters have taught me how to live!