OUR TEAM

ONDŘEJ RÁKOSNÍK & RICCARDO LUCQUE

co-owner & founder of the La Collezine chain

Riccardo Lucque

RICCARDO LUCQUE

Founder of La Collezione


Riccardo' s career in gastronomy began at age of 16, working in hotels in the Marche region of Italy. In 1990 he began working at the Michelin starred Da Alceo seafood restaurant in Pesaro. Since 1993 Riccardo worked in London, e.g. for Zafferano restaurant. Because of his work he moved for a short time also to New York. In 2002 Riccardo came to Prague as headchef of restaurant called Square. Three years later he opened his first restaurant - Aromi on Mánesova street. La Finestra in Cucina, La Bottega bistros and Amano followed shortly.

ONDŘEJ RÁKOSNÍK

Co-founder of La Collezione

After finishing the hotel school in Klánovice, Ondřej went to England, where he studied Business Administration at a business school and at the same time gained experience in various restaurants. During his stay in Britain, he often made trips to Italy, which he fell in love with. After returning to Czech republic, he worked at the Square restaurant on Malostranské náměstí, where he met Riccardo Lucque for the first time. Their collaboration begins in 2005, when Ondřej helps to Riccardo open the Aromi restaurant in Vinohrady, and four years later, as co-owners, they opened the restaurant La Finestra in Cucina in the center of Prague.

DANIEL PHIPPARD 

head chef

phippard@lafinestra.cz

Daniel Phippard, the chef of the Italian restaurant La Finestra in Cucina, has cooked in kitchens almost all over the world. In Europe, he gained experience in France, Italy, Kyiv and Great Britain or the USA, and when the opportunity came to cook for Riccardo Lucque and Ondřej Rákosníh's chain of Italian restaurants and bistros, La Collezione, he did not hesitate. His goal is to bring guests a unique experience from the menu, which he prepares from the highest quality ingredients. He enjoys creating creative elements, working with people and the fact that every day brings new challenges and opportunities. In his spare time, he relaxes by moving, preferably jogging, and describes himself as a dedicated individual who loves what he does. If you would like to please Daniel, these are high-quality and expensive cheeses that he will definitely not be able to resist.

Ladislav Balogh

LADISLAV BALOGH

general manager  

balogh@lafinestra.cz

Laďa's way in La Collezione began in Aromi. Previously, he also had experience in Mariánské lázně, restaurant Barock, Bistrot de Marlene and hotel Sterr in Bavaria. As a manager, he opened the La Finestra restaurant, he remembered the first guests who ate here and many of them are still our guests. This year they will celebrate 10 years together, they are looking forward to the next years. His biggest hobby is history and traveling.

ROBIN KAPLAN

manager & sommelier

kaplan@lafinestra.cz

Václav Vašek

VÁCLAV VAŠEK

head sommelier

vaclav.vasek@lafinestra.cz

After completing training at the hotel school in Velké Meziříčí, Vaclav moved to Prague, joining the Ambiente Group. There he met Ondřej Pokštefl and Flemming Laugesen, and decided to concentrate on becoming a sommelier. After six years, he went to South Africa, attending a monthly internship in some of the most prestigious wineries there. He eventually returned to the European wine world, and after  two years as head sommelier at Bianco E Nero Restaurant, he settled in with Riccardo Lucque at La Finestra in Cucina.