Paolo epitomizes all things great about food and wine. From a very early age he has been surrounded by smells, sights and sounds of good food. His induction into restaurant life started at the tender age of 11 as a pot washer in his brother’s restaurant!  Having worked his way up through the ranks of the kitchen.  Paolo was delighted when he has the opportunity to train at the prestigious Etoile Cookery School.  It is from there, that his travels brought him to Il Forno in Liverpool.  Ever since then, Paolo has continued to develop his passion for traditional Italian cuisine cooked simply with local produce.  He finds nothing more rewarding than people enjoying his food.

Donato’s introduction into the restaurant industry started when he was just 13 years old in Germany.  However, wanting to say close to his roots, he returned home to Italy after 6 months of hard graft!  From there, he continued his studies and worked the next seven summers in various hotels and restaurants in and around Venice, developing his love and knowledge of Italian food and wine.  At just 21 years old, Donato opened his first restaurant with the help of his mother, father, wife and brother.  He ran this for 13 years and at the same time taught at a Catering & Hotel College in his home town of Potenza.  His dedication and commitment to service is exemplary, ensuring that each and every guest has the P&D experience, in true Italian style.  He prides himself on creating a lasting impression and hopes to always exceed customer expectations.  This is why his customers keep coming back!

Antonietta is married to Donato who she met at the tender age of fourteen. From Vagilio in small village close to Potenza, she has an appreciation for exquisite Italian desserts.  Antonietta’s passion is preparing mouth-watering food specifically desserts and gelato’s.  She has studied at some of the most prestigious universities in Italy and is a master Gelato maker.  She insists on using the finest ingredients, many of which are imported from Italy.  All her desserts and gelato’s are quite simply the best. We are sure that you will agree that Antonietta makes the most heavenly desserts in Liverpool!