Armandino "Dino" Batali


SMU board committees

Committee on Trustees
Enrollment Management
Institutional Advancement

Educational background

Saint Martin’s College, 1959
Bachelor of Arts/Pre-Medical


Armandino Batali

Dino Batali, a former process engineer for Boeing, lived abroad with his wife, Marilyn, and their children, Mario, Dana and Gina, in places such as Spain and Italy, for many years.

Their son Mario is now a world-renowned chef and own 20 restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Singapore and Hong Kong; their son Dana is head of technology at Pixar Films; and their daughter, Gina and son-in-law Brian D'Amato run the family business, Salumi Artisan Cured Meats.

After retiring from Boeing, Batali opened Salumi, a restaurant and salumeria in Seattle's Pioneer Square, inspired by his grandfather, Angelo Merlino, who opened the first Italian food import store in Seattle in 1903. In addition to working in the restaurant, Marilyn, is a docent at the Seattle Art Museum. Batali served as co-chair of both the 2011 and 2012 President's Gala fundraisers.