Who is Katie Holmes's mystery date Emilio Vitolo? All about the actor-chef who once worked with Bella Hadid
Katie Holmes could be seen sipping wine, blushing, and flirting with the mystery man at a Mediterranean restaurant called Antique Garage in New York City
Is love in the air for Katie Holmes? The 'Batman Begins' actress, who was married to Tom Cruise for six years, could be back in the dating game again. Recently, TMZ published some photos of the 41-year-old as she could be seen sipping wine, blushing, and flirting with a mystery man at a Mediterranean restaurant called Antique Garage in New York City. The guy was then identified as Emilio Vitolo, a chef in the city.
Holmes looked chic while hanging out with the 33-year-old restaurateur at a SoHo eatery on Tuesday, September 1, night in a casual grey tank top and blue jeans. Vitolo also donned an informal look in a classic white T-shirt and dark blue denim jeans. The two could be seen grinning, giggling, and gazing into each other's eyes in several paparazzi pictures.
Holmes was in a relationship with Jamie Foxx for five years. The pair was rumored to be dating since 2013 but only confirmed it in September 2019. Soon after, news of their split surfaced and according to Radar Online, the two even called off their dream wedding. It is believed that it was trust issues that caused the split. "Katie just couldn’t get over her trust issues," a source shared.
With the new photos grabbing many eyeballs, fans can't stop wondering who is Emilio Vitolo? As per his Twitter bio, he calls himself an "actor/ restaurateur" and is said to be a part of a food-centric family. Going by a 2019 InStyle story on his eatery Emilio's Ballato, his father Emilio Vitolo Sr. has owned the place in SoHo since the early '90s and has employed everyone in the family through the years. Quite a hit with his cooking talent, Vitolo is known for his culinary classics like signature Spaghetti al Pomodoro, Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and Linguine alle Vongole.
His restaurant is quite popular among the celebrity circle with attendance from the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Jonas, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Bradley Cooper. Well, that's not all. He also has a few TV credits up his sleeve, including cameos in 'Inside Amy Schumer', 'Royal Pains' and 'HS10: The Bronx' along with movies like 'The Birthday Cake' and 'The Right to Live'.
While Vitolo was spotted with Holmes, it's not clear whether it was a romantic date or a casual meeting. In fact, chances are it could be the latter. An E! Online report quotes that Vitolo is in a committed relationship with Rachel Emmons, the designer of the Anna Rachel Studio. Apparently, Rachel shared a photo of herself in a jean jacket with the words "Mrs. Vitolo" painted on the back. Moreover, she captioned that post: "Future Mrs."
The same report also states that the duo was last seen in a social media post together on August 23 and has never made an official engagement announcement. A source exclusively told InTouch, "Emilio and his fiancée Rachel Emmons broke off their engagement very recently," adding, "Emilio is focusing on his restaurant." However, talking about the romance rumors with Holmes, the insider said, "It’s not serious [between them] yet," and confirmed that the pair had been "on a few dates" but was just having "fun."
Interestingly, Vitolo also worked with Bella Hadid back in 2015 for her ex-boyfriend The Weeknd‘s 'Into The Night' music video. "#tbt working ‘In The Night’..what a fun time onset! @bellahadid @abelxo @_brthr_," he captioned an Instagram post, as per The Hollywood Life.