Chef’s Top Tables: Paolo Pettenuzzo

Paolo Pettenuzzo was a member of the Italian National Team of chefs by the time he was just 16. Now heading up Grand Cuisine by Electrolux Professional, the well-travelled chef shares his pick of eateries across the world

Twist London, London

With a focus on sourcing impeccable high-quality ingredients, Amalfi-born head chef Eduardo Tuccilo serves up delicious fusion European tapas in the very heart of London. Dishes are beautifully plated, designed for sharing and brim with passion. Everything is cooked in such a way that the natural flavours and textures speak for themselves. It’s a great spot to go for a relaxed evening where you’re guaranteed great food every single time.

Favourite dish: Risotto with fermented black garlic, buffalo yoghurt and smoked sun-dried plums

Chiltern Firehouse, London

The place to see and be seen, this stylish Marylebone eatery not only has an outstanding menu but a guest list that includes everyone from Kate Moss to Bill Clinton, and an atmosphere that is constantly buzzing. Make sure you book well in advance to sample the genius of Chef Nuno Mendes. The design is something else – with chair webbing on the ceiling, sleek tiles adjacent to patterned carpeting and humongous doors that once
led to one of the first purpose-built fire stations in the land.

Favourite dish: The halibut served with mushroom caramel

Zodiac, Moscow

In this fusion restaurant in the heart of Russia’s capital, chef Vladimar Mukhin serves up a whole variety of Pan-Asian dishes, all with a European influence. The portions are filling, the dishes well presented, and everything is served by super-friendly staff. The dishes are as whimsical as the décor, which includes an entire wall of plants. It’s the perfect place to escape the madness of Moscow and enjoy a little gourmet-focused respite.

Favourite dish: Crispy sweet eggplant with tomato and cilantro leaves, or the crispy squid with chilli

Cucina Teochef, Vicenza

A really relaxed eatery with absolutely amazing interior design that wouldn’t be out of place in Manhattan, owner chef Zannus has reinterpreted Italian food and serves traditional Venetian dishes inspired by his travels around the world. Taking staples from the region, he adds a twist or a hint of spice and transforms them into deliciously memorable delights. A true diamond in a wonderful old city, with a super-cool chef to boot, this is definitely one for all the carnivores out there.

Favourite dish: the papa al pomodoro e stracciatella di burrata