In 2003, Melissa Saka began her restaurant career as a hostess during college. She spent the next 14 years in restaurants, most notably 8 years with Hillstone. In June of 2018, with her now fiancé Jackson Kalb, Melissa opened Jame Enoteca in El Segundo. Jame earned such accolades as “Los Angeles’ Best New Restaurants of 2018” from Infatuation, “The Top Los Angeles Restaurant Newcomers of 2018” from Eater, and “The 15 Best New Los Angeles Restaurants of 2018” from Time Out.
In September 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, Melissa and Jackson opened their sophomore concept, Ospi, short for “ospitante” or “host” in Italian. Ospi earned “LA’s 10 Best New Restaurants of 2020” from Los Angeles Magazine, as well as “The 15 Best New Los Angeles Restaurants of 2020” from Time Out.