Chefs

Antonio

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.

FABIO POLVERINI

Chef of Pepenero Pizza & Pasta

Fabio Polverini came from Arezzo, a town of Etruscan origin in Tuscany. His great passion for authentic Italian cuisine forced him over the years to study in many regional cooking courses, where he fell in love with particular dishes from Naples, Tuscany and Alto Adige (South Tyrol). Most he likes to prepare “primi piatti” (italian pasta, risotto …) and main courses of fish, but also the meat, not only in the form of traditional recipes, but also modern international cuisine. He loves to get into new projects and therefore arrived in Prague, the city his wife comes from, where he was offered to lead the restaurant “Gratia”. In Prague gradually collaborated with many restaurants, created new menus and trained Czech chefs to prepare good Italian cuisine. He also participated in Czech television show “Sama doma”, where in live broadcast was preparing Italian specialties. The journal “Regeneration” published many of his recipes.

Life and years go by, but the enthusiasm and eagerness to undertake new challenges never leaves. Fabio became part of Pepenero restaurant team in January 2016 and hopes to contribute his experience not only in the kitchen but also in the realization of catering services and cooking classes for lovers of Italian cuisine.

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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.

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