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Aldo Zilli

Aldo Zilli


Aldo Zilli is chef patron of the Zilli Fish group and is one of Soho’s most flamboyant restauranteurs. A constant face on television, he famously joined the ranks of other ‘singers’ in 2006, when he appeared on ITV’s Celebrity X Factor.

After catering college in Italy he was sent abroad for the winter season to hotels all over Europe. He finally came to England at the age of 19 and decided to concentrate on his passion for Italian food, and started working in Italian restaurants. Aldo introduced new cooking methods and eclectic menus, he transformed them from little-known venues to celebrity haunts. However, he soon outgrew the kitchen, becoming executive manager and training other chefs in his own impressive style.

Eventually, certain of his own success, Aldo decided to go it alone and acquired his first restaurant, Il Siciliano, in Dean Street. Word quickly spread about the quality of food and the atmosphere created by Aldo and soon the restaurant was packed.

In 1988, he opened Signor Zilli, following this in 1993 by opening London’s first authentic Italian bar next door called Signor Zilli Bar. In June 1997 Aldo opened Zilli Fish in Brewer Street and it has been bursting at the seams ever since, now complemented by an authentic Italian Cafe right next door – Zilli Cafe.

Great Italian food and Aldo’s legendary sense of humour makes these establishments a magnet for people from the media and entertainment world. In 1996 he was awarded Best Italian Restaurant Award in The London Restaurant Awards and in 1998 he collected the award for Best Media Restaurant for Zilli Fish. He has also won Favourite Showbiz Restaurant for Signor Zilli in the Capital Radio Awards and the London Times recently commented ‘Aldo Zilli’s kitchen remains on top form, with a menu that favours upmarket ingredients put to simple use’.

Aldo has been resident chef for The Sun newspaper, and has written a  number of books including Sainsbury’s Quick and Easy Italian Food; Aldo’s Italian Food For Friends and Zilli Fish, Foolproof Italian and The Zilli Cook Book. His latest books are Fish Cook and his autobiography, Being Zilli (John Blake, 2008). Zilli Light, was published in 2010.

He has worked as a chef consultant for Safeway and has designed a Zilli dinner service for Poole Pottery as well as his constant TV appearances and shows.

Aldo’s latest venture, The Zilli Cookery School launched in association with Magic of Italy, offers the chance to enjoy a unique cookery school and activity programme in the beautiful surroundings of Abruzzo in Italy.

Aldo is a dynamic personality on television and led the successful team to victory on Celebrity Fit Club on ITV1 this spring, gaining a new slender figure in the process. His success he partly attributes to the healthy eating plan he devised for himself, a diet specifically designed for men.


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