This week on the #WORLDCHANGERS series, we speak to Mauro Sanna, owner and founder of Olivo chain, four restaurants, a deli, and a gelateria. All places are famous for the authenticity and quality of the food.
Location: Belgravia, London
Current job: Owner and founder of Olivo & Oliveto
One word that best describes how you work: hard
My role model: My uncle
My biggest fear: Opening Olivo in the middle of a recession in 1990
Something I love: Cigars and good food and wine
Something I hate: Bureaucracy
I was born in Sardinia, Italy and came to London in 1977, hoping to learn English in six months with an ambition to study architecture. I decided to become a restauranteur when I fell in love with the city but saw the quality of food in London could be improved and saw a huge opportunity to bring Sardinian cuisine over here.
Yes, I think that it definitely helps my business to be more competitive and gives us a deeper and genuine identity.
In 1990 I opened Olivo and quickly established a local and loyal clientele. Following its success and have kept all the funds in the company we were able to expand the business to three more restaurants, a delicatessen and gelateria. I had the long-sighted view of creating a small but compact business that is manageable and allows me to get to know our regulars and what they want.
After opening Olivomare 10 years ago which was the third restaurant to open.
From day one we set up a well-organised takeaway operation with Deliveroo as well as deliveries to locals that allowed us to keep in touch.
I reply with a question: What is the next small thing?
I have a house in Sardinia where I go to when I get the chance to take a week off and like to spend time with my wife and family relaxing and gardening.
Any one of our Pizza’s from Oliveto made from 100% Sardinian ingredients.
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