Enoteca Turi Owners Announce Retirement

Their restaurant was a Putney favourite for a quarter of a century

Pamela (left) and Guiseppe Turi (right)


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August 8, 2023

The couple behind what was for 25 years one of Putney’s favourite restaurants have announced their retirement.

Pamela and Guiseppe Turi opened Enoteca Turi on Putney High Street in 1990.

Guiseppe had grown up on a farm in Puglia and moved to London in 1982 training as a sommelier at the Connaught hotel. The independent family-run restaurant opened by the husband and wife team proved enduringly popular with local residents and the news that they were being forced to move to a new location in Pimlico in 2015 was greeted with general dismay. A development of flats above their premises made it impossible for them to stay and 28 Putney High Street is now a branch of Franca Manca.

Many of their loyal Putney customers continued to travel across the river to sample the regional Italian cuisine made using traditional and seasonal ingredients and drink from the fine wine cellar maintained by Guiseppe.

Pam and Guiseppe said as they announced their retirement, “Since we started a small trattoria in Putney in 1990, we have had an incredibly fulfilling journey and built Enoteca Turi into a successful restaurant that will be able to continue without us.

“We have achieved this with the help some wonderful people: our staff past and present, our dedicated suppliers, the artisan producers that strive daily for excellence, the outstanding winemakers producing extraordinary wines, and our loyal customers who keep supporting us, some of whom have followed us from Putney, and many of whom have become valued friends. To all we would like to say ‘Thank you!’”

Enoteca Turi on Putney High Street in 2015. Picture: Google Streetview

The new management of the Pimlico restaurant said, "We feel honoured and privileged to continue the wonderful legacy of Enoteca Turi created by Giuseppe and Pam and fully intend to maintain all the elements that have made it such a popular and enduring institution on the Chelsea dining scene.

“We are delighted that the current restaurant team headed by General Manager Daniele Siro in front of house, and Head Chef Giampiero Giuliani in the kitchen are all staying with the business, so you will be welcomed by the same familiar faces and continue to enjoy authentic, regional Italian dishes accompanied by London's finest Italian wine list.”

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