Panzuto graduated in 1996 from the Hotel and Restaurant Management Institute (Instituto Profesionale Alberghiero di Stato) in his hometown of Naples, Italy. Soon thereafter he began his career by working in hotels on the island of Capri and in Naples. In 1998, Panzuto ventured out on his own by opening a wine bar in Naples, Il Cenito, which he owned and managed for four years. After selling the wine bar, he decided to fulfill his dream of living in New York City, and was hired to manage Il Mulino, where he worked for two years.
Thereafter, he managed Il Gattopardo for two years, another fine-dining Italian restaurant in New York.
Panzuto then moved to Southern California to manage the Club Grill at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. Soon he was promoted to the new Restaurant 162, where he continued as food and beverage manager for over a year. While at the Ritz Carlton he received his Sommelier degree from the Associazione Italiana Sommeliers in July 2006.
Panzuto first joined Mirabel Group as General Manager of Cantinetta Luca when the restaurant opened in 2006. After 5 years, Panzuto left Cantinetta Luca to expand his wine knowledge by working as an account manager for Young's Market Company. He was quickly promoted to Import Specialist and also received the company's "Rookie of the Year" award.