Originally from Tortona, Italy, Matteo Panfilio approached the kitchen at an early age. Observing and helping his grandmother to prepare traditional Italian dishes and fresh pasta, Matteo developed a deep passion for ingredients, combined with the desire to learn the very best techniques to enhance their flavours in every dish.

Matteo has worked in several Michelin-starred kitchens including Bellevue at the Hotel Metropole in Taormina and Da Vittorio in St Moritz, and under highly-acclaimed chefs such as Gordon Ramsey, Tristan Mason and Alberico Penati. Throughout his professional career, Matteo has focussed on placing vegetables at the heart of his cuisine. Today, he sources them exclusively from local farmers, working to enhance their flavours through an experimental approach.

“For me, cooking is passion, growth, sharing and experimentation.”

Arva’s seasonal, farm to table philosophy comes naturally to Matteo, having grown up in the Italian countryside working for his family’s fresh fruit and vegetable business. After travelling across Europe to gain culinary experience in the finest hotel kitchens, Matteo joined Aman Venice in October 2021.

His cookery shines a light on unusual but characteristic ingredients from the region – from artichokes to salicornia, from the game of the islands to asparagus and radicchio of the hinterland – proposed in a creative and contemporary form, for a true gastronomic journey.