Enrico Travelli, the wealthy online casino tycoon, opened Pianeta in London during 2013. The restaurant was an instant success.
Enrico grew up in Modena, Italy. The quaint city of Modena is in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. It is northwest of Bologna and southeast of Milan on the Italian E35 autostrada. Modena is famous for wonderful things. It is the home of the Ferrari car company and Lamborghinis are also made there. Some of the best balsamic vinegar in the world comes from there and the food is extraordinary. The red wines from this region are spectacular.
Enrico brought the recipes from this area and other famous parts of Italy to create the menu for Pianeta.
Enrico’s clever idea was to bring top chefs from Italy on a rotating basis. In this way, the restaurant can offer something fresh, new, and exciting to its diners, even if they are frequent visitors to the restaurant.
New dishes are constantly added and changed; however, a few classic dishes are always available that are everlasting favorites. These include tasty lasagna made with fresh, handmade pasta and spaghetti carbonara, with a sauce that is wonderfully made from egg, Guanciale (cured pork), hard cheese, and pepper. With just one taste of this dish, a patron is instantly transported in their imagination to Roma where the dish originated.
Pianeta is a favored place for the rich and famous to eat when they visit London. Andrea Bocelli is a regular patron when he is in town. If the restaurant guests are very lucky Bocelli will sing a song a capella to impress the restaurant crowd. Other famous guests include Al Pacino, Madonna, Robert de Niro, Marisa Tomei, Leonard DiCaprio, Mira Sorvino, George Clooney and actor/director John Turturro.
The style is elegant, unhurried, and relaxed. A typical evening starts with appetizers and then slowly progresses through an abundance of courses, fine bottles of wine, and engaging conversation for the night. Guests enjoy each other’s company for many hours and eat their meal at a pace that is very comfortable.
Many of the dishes are served family-style. This means the food arrives at the table in big bowls that everyone can share. It is not unusual for guests at other tables to offer to share dishes with each other, so that everyone can have a taste of all the amazing flavors.
Enrico can frequently be seen in the restaurant making sure everyone is well fed and that everyone is having a great Italian dining experience. Usually, soft Italian romantic music is playing in the background. However, if Enrico gets in the mood he may turn the music up so that the entire restaurant can enjoy a sing-along to the tune of That’s Amore.
Everyone always laughs at the lyrics which say, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!” That’s amore (love) and that’s why you fall in love with Pianeta.