Food has been my hug [over the years], and has let me tell my story through every dish since.
— Chef Ron Medlock, Roma Cafe, Portland, Maine

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Growing up in Connecticut, Chef Medlock remembers, as a child, following his grandpa around the kitchen as he sang old Spanish boleros. Medlock says, “My grandfather made me associate food with love and family.” He adds, “ I remember my mom saying she knew, from a young age, that I was going to be a chef.” 

In the neighborhood where Medlock grew up, there was a large first- and second-generation Italian population. Throughout his childhood, he ate amazing Italian cuisine as well as the food of Puerto Rico where he spent many summers. He recalls making hand-rolled macaroni with Mrs. Christiano, a neighbor who cared for him as a child in Connecticut. 

Through some of life’s toughest times, Chef Medlock says, “Food has been an instrument of solace and comfort. I really started to understand the beauty of making memories through my craft. Growing up in Connecticut with Italians living in America, I have come to really understand Italian American cuisine.” 

Medlock’s resume includes seven years studying under Linda Pratt at Richard’s on Chase in Connecticut, as well as the position of chef de cuisine at Garafolo’s, formerly at the Inn at Higgins Beach, with Chef Rob Goushea, Ronnie’s dear friend and mentor. Medlock continued on as executive chef at 91 South in Gorham, Maine until its closing in 2016, followed by two years at Vignola in Portland, Maine. 

Chef Medlock’s philosophy and passion blend with the purpose of Roma: to bring together family and friends in a welcoming atmosphere and to eat food prepared with history and care. In a fast-paced, sometimes disconnected world, Mike, Leska, Ronnie and the full Roma team invite you to consider Roma Cafe a second home where you can unwind, slow down and enjoy good company and great food.



(207) 761-1611



767 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102



5pm – 9pm Nightly