Chefs

ANTONIO ZANNOTTI

Head chef of Pepenero Pizza & Pasta

Antonio Zannotti is the Chef of PEPENERO Pizza & Pasta. He came from the small town in Italy Torremaggiore in the province of Foggia. At the beginning of his career Antonio was working as Chef de Partie in hotel Roxy in Pinnarela di Cervia. He gained valuable experience working in different cities in Italy. Before arrival to Prague he was working in Verona in the restaurant “Ai Cillegi” as the assistant of chef. He came to Czech Republic in 2013 and while in Prague he was working in Locando Marino restaurant before he joined the PEPENERO team in August 2014.

His passion is traditional Italian cuisine. However besides the classic Italian recipes Antonio likes to create unique and absolutely new dishes. Moreover, his hobby is vegetable and fruit carving, he likes to form beautiful objects from simple things, because he thinks that anything can be seen as an art piece if you put your soul into it.

ALFONSO DI IANNI

Chef of Pepenero Pizza & Pasta

Alfonso Di Ianni was born in a small town in the Puglia region of southern Italy. After graduating from gastronomy, Alfonso worked as a pastry-cook at the Hotel Garden in Milano Marittima. Other valuable experiences he gained during his time in England and Germany. Thanks to his studies, as well as cooperation with important chefs, he acquired many culinary skills. Eventually, hit by the beauty of Prague, decided to stay in the Czech Republic, where he became part of Pepenero Italian and international restaurant in October 2016.

His greatest passion is confectionery and desserts. He loves to create innovative dishes, whether linked to tradition or based on his own experience.

MARTIN PODOBA

Pizza chef of Pepenero Pizza & Pasta

Martin Podoba is the pizza chef in Pepenero Pizza & Pasta. Although Martin was born in Prague, he has always been attracted by Italy with all the beauty it offers. This was one of the reasons why he became interested in the preparation of Italian specialties and especially pizza. After the course basics of Italian cuisine he began his career as a pizza chef in pizzeria Padova in 2006. During his profession he had many opportunities to learn from and to cooperate with many experienced masters in the field and thus to refine his skills with baking pizzas, and to gain valuable experience associated with its preparation.

Martin likes his job, because he is interested in the whole production process and baking, and also has a big passion for traditional Italian cuisine and quality food. The greatest joy then makes him a compliment from a satisfied customer, all the more from Italian.

UMBERTO GIANNONE

Pizza chef of Pepenero Pizza & Pasta

Umberto Giannone is an Italian pizza chef who worked not only in his country, but also in Australia and now in Czech Republic. His passion for pizza and how to best prepare it is the reason why he always tries to get better and better. Tasty and easily digestible dough is important for the clients to be satisfied as well as a choice of the finest ingredients. Italy for Umberto has been a great school in making the best pizza, and thanks to that now he can bring all over the world a little piece of his tradition.

Pizza was born as a low-class food but nowadays every social class eat it. It’s a dish that is evolving day by day, so people never get bored of it and for that reason it is so loved.