Our Team

Executive Chef

– Andrea Viglione –

Andrea’s passion for cooking began in Turin at a very young age. By the age of the five, he felt a passionate love for the nature of fresh ingredients, and recalls pinching raw gnocchi from his kitchen table at home and pulling up fresh tomatoes and eggplant from the vegetable garden.

Shunning traditional culinary school in favour of real-life experience, Andrea began his professional career cooking in and around Turin at the age of sixteen, focusing predominantly on cuisine from the Piedmont region. Before long, he opened his own place – part restaurant, part bookshop. After a successful and exciting experience in Italy, he felt the pull of opportunities and unexplored lands. In 2014, he let his adventurous spirit lead him to Hong Kong.

Andrea combines his passions for quality ingredients, fresh ideas and rustic style which can be seen in Pici’s refined and full-flavoured dishes. Bringing his vast experience to Pici, Andrea lightens the kitchen with his fresh approach and warm energy.


The Optimist - Manuel Ramos Palacio and Christian Talpo, founders (1)

– Manuel Palacio & Christian Talpo –

Pici is the fourth restaurant opened by restaurateurs Manuel Palacio and Christian Talpo of Pirata Group, the creative brains behind Hong Kong’s Pirata, The Optimist, and TokyoLima.

With over 40 years’ combined experience in the industry across the world’s top gastronomic cities and an insatiable love for food in all forms, the pair is driven by their passion to bring amazing food and dining experiences to Hong Kong. With considered, standalone concepts ranging from homely Italian to Spanish-style asador grill and Izakaya-inspired Nikkei to fresh hand-made pasta, each restaurant is brought to life by Christian and Manuel’s unique vision and infectious energy. For them, Pirata Group’s mission is simple: to deliver top quality food, great service and value for money to Hong Kong diners.