Special Guests.

The special guests of Italian Piazza will delight us with unique performances, giving to participants 360-degree sensorial experiences.

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Special Guests

Find out who will join
the festival

Top professionals from around the world will ensure that the orchestrated music of the Festival sounds harmonious.

Domenico Nicolino

Executive Chef

He is the Chef de Cuisine of the JW Marriott Absheron Baku. Domenico is an experienced and talented chef, with a huge array of skills. Heading from Piedmont in Italy, from his beginning at a restaurant in the Alps in Italy to working for luxury hotels and Michelin star chefs across the globe, Domenico has a strong passion for hospitality and the culinary industry.

Vladi Finotto

Ca' Foscari University of Venice Expert

Associate Professor of Business Economics and Management at the Department of Management at Ca' Foscari University where he teaches business strategies and entrepreneurship. He devotes special attention to the agrifood sector, a very important sector for the Italian economy, together with his colleagues at the Agrifood Management & Innovation Lab.

Christine Mauracher

Ca' Foscari University of Venice Expert

Director of the Agrifood Management and Innovation Lab in the Department of Management. Her main areas of research, in which she has produced publications and been a speaker at various national and international conferences, include: agrifood product demand and consumption behavior, the wine market, fisheries economics and policy, and the application of monetary methods for estimating recreational and new product demand.

Elisabetta Ragagnin

Ca' Foscari University of Venice Expert

Elisabetta is Associate Professor at the Department of Asian and North African Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Her fields of interest are linguistics, philology, cultural studies and literature of Turkish and Mongolian languages and peoples, covering almost the entire vast geographical area of the Silk Road. She is also the author of gastronomic articles related to that specific area.

Elchin Amirov

Ambassador of Italian Life Style

Elchin Amirov is a blogger who focus on the quality of subscribers and premium content. This approach brought him collaborations with Cartier, Bvlgari, Rolls Royce, Hennessy, Aston Martin, Lacoste, Moet&Chandon, Raffles, Hotels, Belvedere, Anthony Morato, The Macallan, Veuve Clicquot, Carolina Herrera, Ethiad Airways, Gin Hendrick’s and many others. He is the Italian Piazza Ambassador of Italian Lifestyle.

Rizzi Renato

Executive Chef

Renato Rizzi was born in Brescia, Italy, where he worked in "Labirinto" restaurant. He had a long Asian adventurues, indeed he had a job in Singapore at "Pasta Fresca" Restaurant first and then he entered in the circuit of Four Seasons Hotel when in 2018 at Koh Samui, Thailand he had is first experience. He is now the executive chef of the sophisticated Zafferano Restaurant in Baku.

Roberto Zizi

Executive Chef

Roberto Zizi had is very first contact with culinary world thanks to his mum's kitchen, the starting point of his career. He very soon flew abroad to work in luxurious restaurants and hotels around the world, across three continents ,in Caribbean sea, central Asia, in Dubai in the iconic Palm jumeirah, and in Saudi Arabia. Now, in Baku, he works as the executive chef of Fairmont Hotel.

Roberto Basei

Executive Chef

Roberto Basei is the executive Chef of Dolce Vita Restaurant. After studying at Hotel Institute he attended the higher course of Italian cuisine at Alma the international school of Italian cuisine. During this experience he had the opportunity to work with “la Madia'' 2-star Michelin restaurant. He has a worldwide culinary experience and it has been one year and a half that he has become executive Chef.

Elio Bevilacqua

Ambassador of Italian Cuisine

Elio is a professional Chef who came all the way from the sunny Calabria to Baku. After an education at the Hotel Institute and a military training, he flew first to London then to Istanbul to work as a Chef. In the early 2000s he moved to Baku where he began working at the Italian Restaurant Scalini. He speaks of Baku as his home and to which he gives unique gastronomic experiences through his authentic Italian dishes.

Marco Dongi

Bartender Mixologist

Marco Dongi was named sixth among the top ten classification by World Class Italia in 2021. An expert of mixology, he took his first steps in the bartender world in Milan and he flew all over the world USA, Australia, Turkey Dubai and so on. he loves to experiment but always with awareness and dedicated attention to details, creating cocktails that are customized to the clients` tastes.

Ferhad Shahverdiyev

Master Chef

He did an internship in Four Seasons Hotel where he got a full time job. After this experience he got a job at the Dynamo Hotel where he collaborated with Michelin-starred chef David Mottl learning to use the latest technology and techniques oriented to "Discipline and Perfectionism". During the pandemic, he worked at the hotel Merchant and now he has joined “CASA family” as Chef Lecturer .

Emilia Aliyeva

Ambassador of Culinary Experience

During her work journey in modern communicaction she discovered the love for the restaurant business thanks to her experience as marketer at KFC and Pizza Hut and as a project creator with Restaurant Group, Viva Desserts, and PMD Hospitality. Today she is ''La Critique Culinaire'' and she is known for her passion, creativity and elegance

Aleksandr Slutu

Chef Pizzaiolo

Aleksandr Slutu was born in Ukraine and, after a period in Italy, in 2018, he became a member of the Italian Federation of Pizzaioli in the World. After moving to Moscow he became pizzaiolo of +39 Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar Restaurant. Faithful to the traditional Neapolitan pizza, baked in a wood-fired oven, he will transport you directly to the Gulf of Naples.

Marco Catelani

Ambassador Italian Wine

The oenologist and sommelier Marco Catelani, native of Florence, in 2010, embarked on a business journey that brought him where he currently is: in Azerbaijan. Today with his company offers consulting services, logistic support, training for Italian and Azerbaijani customers,with an eye towards innovation and modernization.

Madina Guliyeva

Ambassador of Italian Art & Decor

After beign a sales engineer for SOCAR, in 2018 she opened an instagram page to share her passion for ”cozy” becoming the CEO and co-founder of Cozy by Madi. She has participated in Women's Space (2019), Women's Initiative Cartier (June 2019), Handicraft Festival (March 2022) and Master-Classes at CoinCasa Boutique (2021-2022).

Emanuele Mongillo

Executive Chef

Emanuele Mongillo is the Executive Chef of the famous Italian restaurant Balzi Rossi in Moscow. Italy, USA, Australia, UAE, Singapore, Japan, he has worked in the best Michelin starred restaurants worldwide, helping him becoming the polyhedric chef he is today.. He tells that for him the most amazing fulfillment is making clients happy.

Diego Ferrari

Bartender Mixologist

Mixologist, Author of the World Prized Book “Low Alcohol Cocktails-New Frontier in Mixology “, and Creator of Facebook Cocktail Art Group. Brand Ambassadors of the Year 2020 in the Italian Bar Awards by Bargiornale. Top 10 Nominee as International Brand Ambassador in the Tales Of The Cocktails Spirit Awards 2020.