Nicola Cavalieri started as a chef, he also studied at the renowned Hotel Institute Maggia in Stresa and experienced an adventure in Switzerland, where he first met Silvio. Different life events led them to decide to return to Italy during the same period: Nicola on the Lombardy side of Lake Maggiore, in Angera; Silvio on the Piedmont side, in Meina.
They joined forces and decided to open a small restaurant in Ispra: the Schuman, in a charming nineteenth-century house. They began their new adventure in 2000 and, only one year after the opening, they received a Michelin Star, the most prestigious award given to restaurants and hotels. Then, Nicola decided to devote himself to his true passion: wine. He began with small steps: he met producers, attending tastings, fairs, and eventually the School of Sommelier.