Simone Padoan has always wanted to take up a culinary career. He finally succeeds in 1994, when he opens I Tigli, a pizzeria located in San Bonifacio, close to Verona. Here he offers the traditional pizza, with some original reinterpretations.
1999 is a key year for Simone Padoan: it is the year in which he becomes father, the year which coincides with a desire for change, a need to search for a new identity through a renewed concept of pizza.
Simone begins a period of four years dedicated to the study of raw materials, baking, leavening with sourdough. During the first tasting dinners, his pizza starts to be served in eight slices. It is his way to propose his new concept of pizza.
The troupe of the television show Matrix, at the time hosted by Enrico Mentana, arrives at I Tigli for a service that will bring I Tigli to the headlines. In the meantime, Simone starts to take part to some events in the world of cooking.
Simone Padoan and I Tigli are gaining more and more attention on the Italian culinary scene, including that of Paolo Marchi, the creator of Identità Golose, who begins to invite Simone at his famous congress.
Finally, Simone succeeds in giving a new look to his pizzeria, through a restyling that he was planning for a few years. Today, I Tigli conveys the strong connection with nature and tradition, the importance and transparency of manual labor.
The natural yeast achieves more and more importance, Simone’s aim is to mix savoury with sweet, offering a complete experience about the world of natural yeast doughs. Following this concept, Simone begins to create many new leavened products: Focaccia Veneta, Panettone (also in summer version), Pandolce, Pan Brioche...