Born in the heart of Vicenza in 1961, Renato Rizzardi is the culinary soul of Locanda di Piero. Since a young age, his passion for the culinary arts has driven him to immerse himself in the world of gastronomy. His first taste of this passion led him, at only 14 years old, to experience his first job in a mountain hotel.
Despite obtaining a diploma from the Institute for Surveyors, Renato followed his true calling and embraced a culinary career, working in prestigious restaurants such as La Bulesca in Rubano and the renowned San Domenico in Imola under the guidance of the legendary Chef Valentino Marcattilii. His culinary experience extends beyond Italy; the Donatello in San Francisco had the honor of having Renato as a consulting chef, a role that evolved to see him appointed as the Master Chef of California in 1985.
However, his Italian roots beckoned him, and Renato’s great dream of opening a restaurant near Vicenza came true with the acquisition of Locanda di Piero in 1992. Since then, his culinary vision has guided the Locanda, making it shine like a gem in the crown of Italian cuisine.
Maitrê & Sommelier
The Locanda di Piero would not be complete without the distinguished presence and expertise of Sergio Olivetti. Arriving in 1995, this professional Sommelier has elevated the dining and cellar experience to new heights. His love for wine was not born by chance; it developed and strengthened through years of study and dedication, culminating in his graduation as a professional Sommelier from Ais in 2000.
But Sergio did not stop at wines. His insatiable curiosity has led him to expand his skills, attending courses on cheeses, spirits, customer psychology, and much more. He has turned his passion into a mission, becoming a teacher for training courses in sommelier, hospitality, and service at prestigious institutions.
For Sergio, the kitchen and the dining room are intrinsically connected, working in harmony to offer an unforgettable experience. He firmly believes that the distinctive element of a restaurant is a service that, while engaging, should never be intrusive.