The story of Lorenzo Picchioni is truly one of "Rags to Riches", but not purely in financial terms. Lorenzo recognizes the significance of the continued patronage of people from all walks of life and corners of the world who have wined, dined and danced with him for many years.
The greatest prize in life is to be appreciated and the many heartfelt accolades given to Lorenzo for his hospitality are priceless.
Lorenzo took a train from Roma headed for London in 1960 with the equivalent of just £13 in Lire in his pocket. He couldn't speak any English and had no job lined up on his arrival in Britain. Still, he was a very determined young man, willing to work hard and within 3 years he had 'risen through the ranks' from dish washer to Maitre D' of a distinguished London establishment, The Osterria Restaurant.
In 1965 he married, and with a loan of £5,500 from the very same Barclays bank branch he uses today, bought his first restaurant Bellavista. His reputation as the larger than life restauranteur grew and grew; he's always attracted the highest respect from not only his clientele, but the local council authorities, the police and local businesses. Within 7 years, he was wining, dining and entertaining Londoners and visitors in his three restaurants, La Pergola, Vecchiomondo and Bellavista.
For almost 50 years, working regularly 7 days a week and sometimes 20 hours a day, Lorenzo has provided a service second to none.
He has 3 children and 5 grand children and a great enthusiasm for life which is infectious. He has the same suppliers he had when he first started in business; Lorenzo believes in loyalty, but he also has very high standards.
You can be sure that whether it's lunch with a friend, a business function, a special family celebration or a party for 400, Lorenzo will be on hand to ensure that you have a memorable time.