Saturday, October 31, 2020

Max Sali: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with restaurateur Max Sali of Pimlico Road’s Tinello

 

The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?

It’s always been the dream of my brother and I to have a restaurant. Being understanding of customers is our guiding force.

 

“Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours?

My father said I should never talk about football, women and politics. They are taken rather personally.

 

Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2013?

Fast food.

 

Tony Blair misses being Prime Minister. What do you miss most in your life?

Italy. I came to London to study English but I didn’t go back and both my brother and I miss our home country.

 

What might you swap all your wealth for?

Happiness.

 

Donald Trump was once a case of: “If you owe the bank a thousand, they close you down; but if you owe the bank a billion, you own the bank”. What’s your view on the banking crisis?

It’s very difficult to have a view on it. My brother and I are happy we don’t owe anything to the bank.

 

What phrase or word do you most loathe?

“It’s not possible”.

 

In the UK, some people consider charity to “begin at home”. What’s your view and what causes do you personally support?

We support the Street Smart homeless charity in our restaurant. It is a good cause.

 

The judge in Law Abiding Citizen states: “I can pretty much do whatever I want” before being blown up whilst answering her mobile phone. What’s your view on the appropriate use of such devices?

We always thought running a restaurant depended on good service and food. As we grew older, we have grown to realise the importance of such devices for communicating with our customers.

 

Max Sali (left) pictured with his brother Federico
Max Sali (left) pictured with his brother Federico

 

If you could fill a carriage on The Orient Express, who would be your fellow passengers?

My brother, my family, my closest friends and Giorgio and Plaxy Locatelli.

 

If you were unfortunate enough to end up on death row, what would be your last meal and where would you eat it?

At my restaurant. I’d eat calamari and bavette. I’d drink Barolo and a Pinot noir.

 

What time is it acceptable to consume the first drink of the day?

Michael Broadbent had a sherry at breakfast so I consider that normal. A beer on holiday mid morning is normal.

 

A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?

A martini.

 

Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?

Wine parties because you find peculiar characters. They’re the sort that you could write books about.

 

Who is the most positive person you know?

My wife.

 

What’s your most guilty pleasure?

To go on holiday by myself.

 

If a tattoo were to sum you up, what would it be of?

Two things: I’m quite understanding and strong willed so therefore it would be of a scorpion or a snake.

 

If you were a car, what marque would you be?

A BMW.

 

Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise. Tell us the most surprising thing about you.

I come across as a hard person but I am more genuine than you’d expect.

 

What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?

I have a fireplace in Tuscany and on top we have pictures of hunting scenes. I used to hunt a lot with my father as a child.

 

Max Sali owns and runs Tinello, 87 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8PH with his brother Federico. He previously worked as a wine sommelier at Chez Nico, Zafferano and Locanda Locatelli.

 

Follow him on Twitter @max_sali and Tinello @tinello_london.

 

 

Subscribe to our free once daily email newsletter here:[wysija_form id=”1″]

2 COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Dirty Dawn Can’t Take the Heat of the Coke

Dirty Dawn strikes again – Attention seeker and alleged racist and coke possessor Dawn Ward proves she cannot cope with a bit of truthful press attention.

Bog Off Bungling Boris

Matthew Steeples suggests now is time for bungling Boris Johnson to quit; he is not in control and he has no coordinated plan for Brexit or coronavirus.

A Coked-Up Cheshire Cat

Notorious prosecco “gag reflexer” and Sinitta “napkin slapper” Dawn Ward resurfaces; the Cheshire cat has been charged with racial abuse and coke...

Randy & Mucky – Time to Face The Music

Things are about to get a hell of a lot worse for ‘Randy Andy’ the Duke of York and the mucky madam Ghislaine Maxwell – just as her feudal family crawl out of the woodwork and a silver-haired, Savile Row suited socialist PR man tries to get her out of the clink.

Schofe Banned

As Phillip Schofield’s book is banned from sale in Wales, we ask: “Did the temperamental telly host ‘Schofe’ have another meltdown as...

Starve a Kid to Save a Quid

‘Starve a Kid to Save a Quid’ goes viral in the wake of the government’s disastrous attempt to starve poor school kids whilst Tory MPs deservedly get banned from shops and restaurants.

Mucky Madam Maxwell Unsealed

Matthew Steeples selects some of the most telling and cringeworthy remarks from the newly unsealed 2016 Ghislaine Maxwell deposition.

Feeding Brueckner

As Scotland Yard suggest Christian Brueckner will likely never be charged over the ‘disappearance’ of Madeleine McCann, Matthew Steeples argues that the British government finally put a stop to funding this pointless search and instead feed hungry children.

Outing Randy Andy

Will ‘Randy Andy’ the Duke of York erupt in anger with the outing of the depositions of Ghislaine Maxwell this morning? Could this be the non-sweater’s last stand?

Wally of the Week – Phillip Schofield

Tempestuous television presenter Phillip Schofield bizarrely claims to have been murdered in a past life because of a debt.

Filthy Natalie

Wife of ‘Naughty Tory’ turned replacement MP Natalie Elphicke turns to talking about filthy water (but avoids the topic of her jailbird hubby’s bottom groping).

Get Menendez Out of The Hole

As Erik Menendez is undeservedly thrown in ‘the hole’ in the most ludicrous fashion in California, Matthew Steeples suggests it is time both him and his equally abused brother Lyle were finally released.

Going Bonkers For A Bin

Auctioneers Christie’s sought to sell five waste bins for £230; they ultimately went for the astounding sum of just under £34,000.

Junk the Junk Mail

Instead of banning people from enjoying themselves, the government should should do something useful and ban a genuine disease spreader: Junk mail.

Picture of the Week – A Red Squirrel Riot

Images of a red squirrel fighting a pheasant for hazelnuts and bird seed are proof that both creatures can be quite feisty.

A Pyrotechnic Pad

Mansion in controversial compound in The Boltons, SW10 for sale for £50 million; the setting has seen court cases and pyrotechnic parties involving a self-declared “Relentless” multi-millionaire.

Weather Now

London
overcast clouds
14.3 ° C
14.4 °
13.9 °
87 %
7.6kmh
89 %
Sat
15 °
Sun
16 °
Mon
18 °
Tue
11 °
Wed
10 °