500 Restaurant is a small restaurant. Seven people run this little business every day. Here they are:
In the kitchen
Mario Magli | Mario Pianelli | Shkelqim Ashiku | Manuela Trapani
On the floor
Giorgio Pili | Simone Zuddas | Simone Matta
Born in Varese, suburb of Milan, started to work in restaurant kitchen since the young age of 14. In 1997 Mario moved to London for new cooking experiences. He started at "The Neal Street Restaurant", Antonio Carluccio's restaurant.
Three years later he worked for Gennaro Contaldo, at "Passione" restaurant, where he continued to grow and learn on what is for him a passion, and not a job, cooking.
Mario met Jamie Oliver at Passione restaurant, as Gennaro Contaldo and Jamie Oliver are often working together. Mario had the opportunity to work at "15", Jamie Oliver restaurant. Mario will work at 15 for two years, where he will teach Jamie's trainees how to prepare fresh pasta and bread. In 2008, he will open his own restaurant in partnership with Giorgio Pili.