Born in Abruzzo region of Italy, Bernardo has spent the last thirty-eight years building up the popular and successful La Gaffe restaurant, hotel and wine-bar on Heath Street, Hampstead. He was recently knighted as a Cavalliere d’Italia for his services to Anglo-Italian relations.
As a playwright, although Italian by birth, he writes in English. His scripts are attracting increasing attention. Three of his plays, Living in Hope, The Scourge and Autumn Music have been extremely favourably received on the London Fringe and aroused international interest, securing him representation in Europe, Australia and Canada.