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Francesco has become one of the most highly praised Italian entrepreneurs amongst his peers, audience, and in the media with many critically acclaimed awards for his work within the industry & humanitarian efforts

 
 
 

2020

UNICEF: Appointed campaign leader for UNICEF Holiday Fundraising to end hunger

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LEARN ITALY: Awarded "Anniversary International Award" for his creativity and innovation within the vastly changing post-pandemic hospitality industry in the Chamber of Deputies

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FORSE NON TUTTI SANNO CHE IN AMERICA: Book written by Francesco is published in Italy by Newton Compton Editore

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ALLA NOTTE AMERICANA: Interviewed on the program by Nicola Porro regarding the American Election & the restaurant industry. 

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GAMBERO ROSSO: Awarded Francesco's newest operation, Feroce as "The Top Restaurant Opening Worldwide 2020" 

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LA REPUBBLICA: Awarded Antica Pesa as "The Best Roman Restaurant in the World" 

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GAMBERO ROSSO: Awarded Antica Pesa Brooklyn as a "Top Italian Restaurant in New York" 

RIACCENDIAMO I FUOCHI: Discovery Channel Italy debuted Francesco's new television program, focused on overcoming challenges within the hospitality industry

2019

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FEROCE: Francesco opened new multi-level operation in Manhattan called Feroce Ristorante, Caffè & Bar in partnership with Moxy Hotel & Tao Group Hospitality 

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GAMBERO ROSSO: Awarded Feroce as a "Top Italian Restaurant in New York" 

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FANCY FOOD SHOW: Noted guest speaker and award presenter at The Fancy Food Show in New York

2018

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LITTLE BIG ITALY: Discovery Channel Italy debuted Francesco's new television program on channel Nove. The program aired for four consecutive seasons & consistently proved to be one of the most-viewed and top-rated shows on the channel. 

 

2016

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NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION: Given prestigious award for Italian Excellence 

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CHiPS: Continuous fundraising for CHiPS, a homeless shelter in Brooklyn New York

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NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Guest speaker in New York Public school program to discuss leadership to a youth audience

 

2015

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POPE FRANCIS: Francesco's continued humanitarian work was recognized at the Vatican by Pope Francis

2014

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BROOKLYN MAN: New York Guide Book written by Francesco based on his infamous television show is published in Italy by Newton Compton Editore

2013

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BROOKLYN MAN: Premiered on Gambero Rosso, Francesco's television program was filmed in NYC and aired for six consecutive seasons, with reruns playing on Discovery Channel and Food Network

 

2012

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GAMBERO ROSSO: Awarded National Excellence by Gambero Rosso for its 25th anniversary

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ANTICA PESA BROOKLYN: Opens to popular acclaim, and is the first overseas operation of the Panella family's famous restaurant in Rome

 
 

2011

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CHILDREN FOR PEACE: Awarded for his charitable efforts

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CAVALIERE DEL LAVORO: Awarded “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by President of the Italian Republic Mr. Giorgio Napolitano

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IL MIO PIATTO PREFERITO: Premiered on Gambero Rosso & Sky Channel HD, Francesco's television program aired for three consecutive seasons

2010

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CHILDREN FOR PEACE: Personally funded and fundraised for two schools to be built in Africa

 

2009

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CAVALIERE DEL COMMERCIO: Awarded "Cavaliere del Commercio” by Mayor of Rome, Mr. Gianni Alemanno