PICI TEAM

The team at Pici is peerless, having held positions in kitchens and hospitality all over the world for many years. The team comes together at Pici to bring guests the ultimate dining experience. Expect great food, great drinks and exceptional service.

Andrea Viglione

Corporate Chef

Andrea’s passion for cooking began in Turin at a very young age with a passionate love for the nature of fresh ingredients. 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 moved to Hong Kong to help Pirata Group launch a new pasta bar concept. Bringing his vast experience to Pici, The Pizza Project and Italian concepts, Andrea lightens the kitchen with his fresh approach and warm energy.

Davide Borin

Executive Chef

Destined for life in the kitchen, Davide spent much of his childhood in the family-run restaurant in his hometown, Treviso, Italy. His passion for Italian food grew alongside his dedication to bring his country’s delicious flavours to the rest of the world. Davide respects traditional techniques and the history behind each dish he creates, as he adds his own spin to keep guests coming back for more.

Having graduated from the Culinary and Hospitality Institute ‘Giuseppe Maffioli’, Davide worked in multiple restaurants in Italy and Dubai before moving to Hong Kong for his next adventure. His role at Pici ensures Davide can showcase the culinary fundamentals that he gleaned from his international experience, enabling him to cook with the integrity and honesty that has been passed on through the generations.

Fabio Lo Cascio

Head Chef

Fabio started his culinary career in Sicily after his first exposure to the kitchen at 13 years old. Through this, he developed his passion for cooking and decided to make it his lifelong career. He opened his own restaurant with his family in Etna after spending a few years perfecting his skills. His greatest joy is to see guests’ smile while enjoying his food. He is determined to make food with the freshest ingredients while always thrilling each and every guest.

Every day is a brand-new experience in kitchen. He moved to Hong Kong and joined Pirata Group as a head chef of Pici in 2017 after 5 years working in Australia. Fabio brings to Pirata Group a deep love for the kitchen and extreme attention to detail, making him a strong asset to the Pici team.

Nacho Lopez

Operations Manager

With a friendly charm and people-loving personality, Pici’s Operations Manager Nacho Lopez ensures every diner feels at home. Starting his career in London, Nacho’s passion for all things hospitality grew after the successful opening the new dining concept Bilbao Berria. After working with popular Argentinian restaurant Gaucho, he was moved to Hong Kong to lead and train the new restaurant team.

In Hong Kong, he enjoys soaking up the hustle and bustle of the city and delving into the city’s lively food scene. When he’s not busy running the floor at Pici, he spends his time working on his other passion, cooking. A true connoisseur and gastronome, Nacho is textbook for all things food and wine.

Andy Brine

General Manager of Pici Central

Andy Brine kick started his career in the food and beverage industry in his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario. Upon working at a night club in Kitchener, his talent for management was discovered and he was soon given the opportunity to oversee a selection of landmark night clubs in Toronto, each comprising of 1500 people capacities. From here, Andy was selected time and again for new projects and bigger challenges. 

Andy’s career has spanned three countries – Canada, Hong Kong and Thailand – with opportunities that have groomed his skills in guest relations, operations, new restaurant launches and revenue enhancement. He moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to take charge of establishments in the city’s two hallmark nightlife havens, Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai. With the chance to spearhead new store opening for Hooters Asia, Andy relocated to Bangkok in 2014 and lent his expertise in training, productivity management and resource procurement. 

Since 2019, Andy has been a member of the Pirata Group team as General Manager under the Pici brand. He began his time with the Group managing the expansive flagship restaurant in Sha Tin before being transferred to the brand’s highest performing branch in Central. Known for his friendly smiles and careful attention to detail, Andy can be found at Pici Central making new friends and giving guests a memorable dining experience. 

Sean Verma

Restaurant Manager of Pici TST

As Restaurant Manager of Pici Tsim Shatin Tsui, Sean has more than 25 years of experience in the F&B industry under his belt. With a background in Finance, he is truly a man of many traits, with skills as a private pilot and a passion for aviation. After many years of living in the United States, Sean moved to Hong Kong to follow his other passion, F&B. As part of the Pirata Group team, Sean lends his caring personality and treats each guest like a king / queen. 

Jimmy Yeung

Restaurant Manager of Pici Sha Tin

A Hong Konger through and through, Jimmy Yeung is an invaluable part of the Pici team as a manager. With a decorated career in F&B in Australia and Hong Kong at name brands such as Armani Bar and Gaia Group, Jimmy lends his skills as a seasoned bar manager

Bryan van den Berg

Restaurant Manager of Pici Central

With over 20 years hospitality experience, Bryan started his career back in his home country, South Africa. He continued within the hospitality industry managing high end venues in Dubai, Macau, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Some of the venues include, Zuma, roka, Buddha Bar, Maiden Shanghai and club cubic.

Bryan takes pride in his team and spends his time bring out the best in each individual.

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