Francesco Pantalone is a consumed hospitality professional with over 15 years working experience stretching 4 continents. One of the movers and shakers of the f&b scene of Asia and Middle East, honored China’s first professional sommelier by the Italian Sommelier Association, Pantalone has gained over the last decade an in depth understanding of both Asian and Western hospitality. Under his supervision and guide for the first time an establishment in China has been awarded “Best Award of Excellence” by WINE SPECTATOR Magazine two years in a row. He also clinched for three times before “Award of Excellence” from the same prestigious publication and ZAGAT Best Service.
During his long career Pantalone covered various roles in both commercial and no commercial hospitality. Amongst the most notable appointments Brand Manager for ASC Fine Wines, largest importer and distributor of China, General Manager for Leading Hotels of The World establishments and Director of Hospitality for UHNWI in Saudi Arabia. Pantalone also had a short 3 years entrepreneurial stint when he established and launched two restaurants and a lounge in Shanghai. Since the end of 2020 he covers a senior leadership role at Losinj Hotel & Villas flagship property.