Ciao Mauro!

If you’ve visited us over the last four months, you’ll not only have noticed our restaurant refresh and sensational new menus, you’ll also have met the latest addition to the Fifteen Cornwall family, our ‘All Italian’ General Manager Mauro Tocci!

Born and raised on the outskirts of Rome, Mauro has a wealth of hospitality experience along with a passion for food, drink and life itself! Get to know him a little better and read our Q&A below.

How long have you worked in the hospitality industry?

Since the age of 13. I hope I’ve learnt otherwise I’m in the wrong job!

What was your first hospitality job?

My father was a gelato maker and I’ve been making gelato since the age of 14, it was so much fun. My father wouldn’t let me work anywhere else. By the time I was 18 I was bored of gelato making and my family decided to open a bar and restaurant. I was doing it the Italian way – managing, looking after guests and serving them. When you’re working in a restaurant you do everything, especially when it’s yours.

What bought you to the UK from Italy?

I’d been working in Sardinia and a friend of mine said I was wasted in Italy and told me I should work in the UK and here I am!

What do you love most about working in hospitality?

I’m not sat behind a desk all day, I get to meet people and share experiences with them. Every day is different – different situations, people and I like a challenge. All of these things combined together is why I love working in hospitality. Working with professional chefs in the kitchen, you know the food is going to be fantastic and you’re proud of it.

What do you love most about your job at Fifteen so far?

There are a lot of things. The location of Fifteen, it makes you feel like you’re on holiday all the time. I like working with professional people who care about giving a good experience to our guests, making them feel welcome. I love the appreciation from guests knowing that you’ve made their day and experience.

What do you love about Cornwall?

I like the wildness of Cornwall and its ‘Mediterranean way’ to look at life in a laid back, calm, relaxed way. It’s not stressful, you can still be stressed about certain things but it’s much calmer and relaxed than in a city. I like the fact that in Cornwall you don’t need to be in a shopping centre. You can just walk along the beach with a friend or with your dog and feel happy and satisfied with life.

What’s your favourite meal?

Pasta with fish – I’m Italian give me spaghetti with baby clams!

What’s your favourite tipple?

I’m a Mojito kind of guy. Even though I never have the same drink all the time. When I go out I like to try things that I haven’t tried before.

What’s your favourite gelato flavour?

Hazelnut. In the winter you want comfort food. During the summer I liked the way my father used to make the fruit gelato, it was much lighter and fresher than the winter. You could really smell the freshness of the fruit, I loved it!

What advice would you give someone wanting to start a career in hospitality?

Make sure you like it, if you don’t like it don’t even try it and do something different. For me I’m passionate about what I do. It’s not just taking our food to guests. I like to see the reaction of people which for me makes such a difference at the end of the day.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

So many! My father used to say “open your eyes and learn because you will never ever know everything. There is always something around you that makes you better”. If you’re a curious person it’s because you want to know, so if you keep your eyes open you know exactly what’s happening around you all the time.

What’s your motto for life?

Whatever you’re doing you do it with your heart.

Who’s the most famous person you’ve ever served?

Rio Ferdinand. I worked in Manchester and served many famous footballers.

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