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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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. 



NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION: Given prestigious award for Italian Excellence 

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

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



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


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


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



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

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



CHILDREN FOR PEACE: Awarded for his charitable efforts

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

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


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



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

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