The Team

Antonino assenzo

Multi-Site General Manager

Passionate about hospitality since a young age, General Manager Antonino Assenzo is keen to develop and offer new exceptional dining experience to all of Pirata Group’s guests. Born and raised in Sicily, he started travelling around Italy soon after his Catering and Tourism vocational school graduation to gain experience in hotels and restaurants. He later moved to the UK to expand his knowledge and skills at international level.

In London, Antonino built his career working for the restaurants at renowned art galleries and cultural hubs, such as the Tate Modern and the National Gallery. Over a 10-year long experience, he had the opportunity to learn about British and worldwide cuisines, F&B UK regulations, and to understand the key ways to provide the best customer service to local Londoners and tourists. He developed his strong leadership and people skills at work, as well as during his Hospitality Management Degree studies at University of West London.

Antonino’s desire to take on new challenges and explore into the industry led him to experience the fine dining world whilst working at the Hakkasan Group. His last adventure before moving to Hong Kong was at a Brazilian Nikkei restaurant. Antonino he is super excited to lead three Pirata Group brands to success, always with passion, a bit of fun, and high professionalism.

Veronica Lam

Bar Manager

Veronica is a seasoned restaurant bar manager with extensive experience in and around the bar. She likes cocktails that are simple and easy to understand. Veronica has a broad appreciation for all things alcoholic, she drinks everything except for Everclear. She appreciates jugs of Aperol Spritzes during the day and sips on room temp Margaret River Chardonnays at night. Veronica is the winner of Woodford Reserve Cocktail Challenge Australia 2018 and holds a WSET 3 in Sake.


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