Roberto Villa has spearheaded the kitchen of Splendido Mare since 2001. Although originally from Piedmont, he arrived in Camogli, Liguria, as a young man to study the art of cooking. The flavours of Liguria are deeply rooted in his heart. After gaining experience on travels all over the world, he found his new Italian home on Portofino’s Piazzetta. Through the years he has charmed diners with both his cuisine and the relaxed atmosphere that makes the Mare so special – and sees guests return time after time.
Paolo RotaPaolo Rota is the brother-in-law of Chicco and Bobo Cerea and a master of Da Vittorio cuisine. After studying cooking in San Pellegrino, near Bergamo, in the 1980s, he started his hands-on career working in renowned hotels internationally. In 1990, he took up his first role at Da Vittorio before moving to other global Michelin-starred restaurants. Love brought him back to Brusaporto, where he successfully heads up the restaurants with the rest of the family, continuing their philosophy of combining traditional dishes with modern cooking techniques.