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Meet Massimiliano

Meet Massimiliano, he’s our very own dough spinning, topping flinging, pizza master. Or our ‘Head Chef of Piccolo’ if we’re going to be all formal about it.

Massimiliano’s been making pizzas since he was 13 years old, when his family opened their restaurant in Sicily. And since then he’s taught the art of creating the perfect crust to over 50 people who now make pizza all over the world. He knows more about pizza dough than Paul Hollywood. That’s right, we said it!

So, let’s hear a little more about Massimiliano from Massimiliano… 

What is your ultimate food weakness?
Soup with beans and peas…strictly made by my mother.

If you could have a dish with a famous person who would it be and what would you make for them?
I would like to have a date with Monica Bellucci and cook for her “Calamari Ripieni” (stuffed calamari in a fresh tomato sauce). Simple and delicious!

What is your favourite meal of the day and why?
Breakfast in Sicily because there is the best breakfast ever: Coffee granita (iced coffee) with Chantilly cream and warm brioche. Heaven.

Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver, and why?
Gordon because he is simply the best.

If you had to live off one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
…pizza, of course!

What is the best thing about working in Piccolo, and what’s been your favourite day so far?
The beauty of working at “Piccolo” is the open kitchen where the kids see me at work and become inspired. Or hungry. Or both.

And my favourite day was when my commis chef, Giada, made 120 pizzas by herself for the first time. I was so proud of her and it felt good to teach another person how to do a great job.

How do you like to start your day?
I start my day of work speaking with my team, organise their work and then I knead bread, pizza and focaccia. After a quick check of all of the ingredients I get ready for service. Oh and of course I turn on the oven!

What is the strangest request you’ve had from a customer?
Bolognese without beef.

What do you like best about living in Scotland?
I love Scottish culture, the people, and I love to drive my car and see the awesome landscapes.

What do you like to do to unwind after a busy shift?
I like to play chess.

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