Enoteca Turi Restaurant relocated to its new address 87 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8PH on 22nd February 2016, after 25 years in Putney, south-west London. This was due to the end of its lease.
The Proprietors, Giuseppe and Pamela Turi
Giuseppe Turi, originally from Puglia, came to London in 1982, where he joined the Athenaeum Hotel, and became the Sommelier. Having moved to the Connaught Hotel in 1985 as Sommelier, he was later promoted to Maitre D’. He then rejoined the Athenaeum in 1987 as Restaurant Manager, and left to open Enoteca Turi in 1990. During this period, Giuseppe acquired the Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, and took part in the Sommelier of the Year Competition, gaining second place in 1987.
On opening Enoteca Turi, Giuseppe immediately realised that being Italian did not automatically provide him with the knowledge of its complex food heritage, and understood that a lot of work would be needed to build the Italian restaurant he had envisaged.
Pamela Turi, a qualified teacher, with a degree in Classics from Bristol University. joined Giuseppe in 1992, at a critical stage in the restaurant’s growth. Thanks to her invaluable managerial ability, Enoteca Turi was able to focus and grow as a business. Pamela’s role involves PR, Human Resources, research and writing restaurant literature and organising events.
The Head Chef, Francesco Sodano
Francesco was brought up in Naples, Southern Italy, into a family of chefs. He began to help out in his father’s restaurant at an early age, along with his mother and elder brother. From being a job initially, cooking developed into a passion, and as a young teenager Francesco did “stages” and seasonal jobs at some of the finest 5* restaurants and hotels in both Naples and Rome working under Michelin starred chefs Pierfranco Ferrara, Oliwer Glowig and Anthony Genovese.
He was Junior Sous Chef at Quattro Passi Italian Restaurant, Green Park, London, Executive Sous and Pastry Chef at Nikita Restaurant in Los Angeles, and Senior Sous Chef at Annabels club in Mayfair.
Francesco is an extremely accomplished Head Chef, familiar with different cooking techniques, which he uses with flair to highlight a wide range of flavours and tastes. His knowledge of Italian cuisine is biased towards the Southern regions, but his all round culinary knowledge and background make him ideally suited to explore the eclectic flavours of Italian regional dishes.
In Francesco’s words:
“I believe in using fresh seasonal ingredients, not just because it has become fashionable, but it is what Italians have done for generations. One should buy the best ingredients, and try to preserve their intrinsic quality by using modern techniques whilst respecting culinary tradition, in order to reinterpret a dish so that it still keeps its roots and integrity. I hope that with Giuseppe’s strong southern Italian influence, we can work together to create an outstanding, authentic Enoteca representing the many diverse regions of Italy.”
Restaurant Manager Cesare Papagna
Cesare has had over 20 years in the hospitality sector, having worked both in Italy and in the UK.
In his career, he has had wide managerial experience in establishments such as Cipriani Restaurant, Francos Restaurant and Novikov in Mayfair. As well as his strong work ethic, and pride in achieving results, he shows particular ability in motivating staff to perform to their maximum potential, and enjoys building lasting professional guest relationships.
At Enoteca Turi, Cesare has been entrusted with the task of pushing forward the vision of excellent customer service to an even higher level. He has found the right environment to use his knowledge of the industry and undoubted communication skills. He shares Giuseppe’s vision of excellence and since he started in March 2015, has thrown himself into the challenge of getting to know our regular diners, and helping to make their experience a memorable one.
In Cesare’s words:
“As time unfolds, so do guest expectations and the desire to have a genuine experience.
I enjoy hosting our guests at Enoteca Turi, ensuring that they experience conviviality in the truest sense of the word. Local neighbourhood restaurants are “hidden gems” playing an important part in their communities, They bring individuality and at the same time maintain integrity in an industry that is increasingly producing food to a formula.”
Assistant Manager and Head Sommelier, Manuel Sorana
Manuel has brought 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including posts at acclaimed four and five star hotels in Italy and a passion for fine Italian wines to Enoteca Turi. During his career, he has achieved a number of accredited WSET qualifications, and is currently studying for a Diploma in Wine.
His dedication to customer service “always going the extra mile” and his depth of wine knowledge equip him not only to recommend wines from the restaurant’s extensive wine list to complement each dish on the menu but also to provide a true Enoteca Turi experience for every guest.
In Manuel’s words: “I get enormous pleasure overseeing Giuseppe’s amazing wine cellar built up over many years, with older vintages perfect for drinking now. As well as the well-known Italian and international grape varieties of iconic wines, it also has many newly resurrected varieties such as Pigato, Timorasso, Tintilia, Vespaiolo, Vitovska waiting to be discovered”
Monday - Thursday, Lunch 12.00 - 14.30, Dinner 18.30 - 22.30
Friday & Saturday, Lunch 12.00 - 14.30, Dinner 18.30 - 23.00