Pierro Marazzi first came to london as a fifteen year old boy from Piacenzo ,Italy not from a large family his he left them back home and came to london to find work.
He originally had his heart set on becoming a priest and was to join the seminary but this was not to be, on arriving in london he settled in the Clerkenwell area which had a large Italian community he got his first job as a kitchen hand in a small restaurant in Grays Inn Road.
He worked in several restaurants over the years building up his extensive knowledge of the catering trade .
His first real taste of running a a cafe for himself was for an Italian couple in Queen Victoria Street, in the city just by Blackfriars Station he ran this on his own for a year or so and eventually took over the lease from the couple who retired from the cafe.
Pierro started work in his first Piccolo Bar in 1969-70 he took the name “Piccolo” from a small flute literally meaning “little one” soon after this in 1974 he opened Piccolo Bar number two at no7 Gresham street in the city the self taught chef from Piacenza opened another two cafes Buckingham Gate now sold , and the splendid Piccolo,Mayfair run by good friend Louise and team.
Having worked with the cab trade for over 30years providing good tasty food for hungry London cabbies he was recently recognised by The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers for his outstanding service to the trade you can see his certificate hanging pride of place in Piccolo,Mayfair right next to Lennox Lewis.
At 67 years of age (young) he still has a hand in the overall running of the cafes helped by his handsome son “Fabio” he told me to put that in or no interview.
We at Taxi Guides of London would like to thank for letting us hold our meetings in the upstairs dining area while getting this venture off the ground supplied with coffee an goodies.
We wish you all the best in the future keep up the good work from all of us cabbies out there.
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