After being seriously damaged by a sea storm last winter, Clandestino has just re-opened on the sea-shore of Portonovo, near Ancona,. The very creative bistrot, signed by Moreno Cedroni, this year exposes a menu inspired to Great Britain and The Beatles, the band recording its first record 50 years now. There are dishes like Strawberry Fields Forever, Ice Jolly, Laver- bread and Roast beef... The menu is 85 euro. Info and booking +39.071.801422. See more here
Japanese chef Haruo Ichikawa just won the 2013 edition of Girotonno, a competition that took place yesterday night in Carloforte, Sardinia. The chef of Iyo, a restaurant in Milan, won over the Argentinian Emiliano Lopez, who had the award for the best presentation and Spanish José Luis Marìn Marugàn, awarded by the popular jury. "Ichi"'s dish is named To.Ka.Mi because it symbolizes the trip of a tuna from Tokyo to Carloforte and Milan
The title is "Fluidità" ("Fluidity") and it's the new book signed by Massimiliano and Raffaele Alajmo, the two brothers of Le Calandre restaurant in Rubano, near Padua, 3 Michelin stars. Pre-sale starts today online as the volume, 450 pages on a big size, will be out next November 24th. It's a natural prosecution of Alajmo's first book In.gredienti and it's expressed thorugh an unconventional plot and 68 recipes. 99 euro if you buy it now, 150 euro in November
The Food Repubblic: it's the main theme of Sunday June 2nd, the first one of Festa a Vico's 4 days, an event with over 200 hundred great Italian chefs cooking together in Vico Equense, near Naples. In order to celebrate the Day of Italian Republic, 60 chefs will prepare several dishes in the shops of the little town. One ticket costs 15 euro and the fee include 3 drinks and a bottle of water. All the money will go for charity
On Tuesday June 18th Mirazur in Menton (2 Michelin Stars), resident chef Mauro Colagreco will set a very special dinner: he will cook together with Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena and Quique Dacosta of the namesake restaurant in Denia, Spain, both 3 Michelin stars. The dinner will cost 250 euro per person, plus 80 euro for the wine pairing. Info and bookings: email@example.com and +33.(0)4.92418686
Gennaro Esposito - chef of Torre del Saracino in Vico Equense - is ready to go ashore on Capri Island, with a new adventure named Mammà: it will open next mid-June on the famous Piazzetta, proposing a Mediterranean/Caprese cuisine for 60 seats maximum. In the kitchen with Gennaro, his long-time sous-chef of Vico Salvatore La Ragione. Plus, in a place nearby Mammà, Esposito will run a pizzeria with a wood oven and 50 seats: pizza napoletana and fritti
5 July–29 September 2013, The Somerset House in London will host "Ferran Adrià and the art of food", a major retrospective exhibition on chef Ferran Adrià and the restaurant he built to become the world’s best. Charting the evolution of elBulli, the exhibition will feature an in-depth, multimedia display of each of the essential ingredients that make up the culinary creative mastermind of Adrià and his team: research, preparations, presentations
The fourth floor of Eataly, on the Ostiense neighborhood, hosts today the first edition of Roma Food & Wine Festival, a format following in Milan event's footsteps: from May 17th to 19th, Identità Golose and Merano Wine Festival will join forces to put together 15 chefs' dishes and hundreds of wines from 60 Italian winemakers, a three day event marked by gourmet food and wine. Click here to get all the informations you need
On Tuesday May 28th, 2.30 pm, at the Terme di Montecatini (Pistoia), Gualtiero Marchesi and Paul Bocuse, founders and honorary presidents of Euro Toques association, will award Sirio Maccioni, the New York Le Cirque's restaurant owner, with the first international prize Euro Toques Italia, created by new president Enrico Derflingher. "I'm happy to celebrate Maccioni, a maestro, un real, great maitre", already commented Marchesi himself
Arcangelo Dandini, chef/owner of L'Arcangelo restaurant in Rome, neighborhood Prati, will replace Enrico and Roberto Cerea in the Roma Food&Wine Festival, on Friday May 17th from 7 to 10 pm. Dandini will prepaire Pollo alla romana, Chicken Roman style
La Plage Resort in Taormina (Messina) is going to host five dinners signed by important Italian chefs: first appointment, May 21th with Pietro D'Agostino of Taormina's Capinera; June 18th with Angelo Sabatelli of Masseria Spina in Monopoli (Bari), July 16th with Paolo Barrale of Marennà in Sorbo Serpico (Avellino), August 6th with Marco Sacco of Piccolo Lago in Verbania and September 2nd with Roy Caceres of Metamorfosi in Rome
Massimo Bottura and Marta Pulini's dishes in Milan. You might taste them from May 17th to 25th at Caffè Carlyle in corso Garibaldi 84, Brera neighborhood. The Cafè will host the special temporary restaurant of Franceschetta 58, Modena's more easy-going restaurant of the notorious chef. Every dish in the menu will cost 15 euro; 45 euro for 3 dishes. Booking at +39.02.29003888 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food movement and of Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche in Pollenzo, and also a columnist of Repubblica newspaper, has just been awarded with the Birra Moretti award for spreading food culture, an important award that is part of Il Premiolino, promoted by Birra Moretti itself. Together with Petrini, other journalists were awarded: read who here
The name is Winter Garden by Caino and it's the new fine dining restaurant of The St. Regis Florence: the menu was conceived by Valeria Piccini, chef of notorious Da Caino in Montemerano, near Grosseto, while Michele Griglio is the executive chef. The wine menu is signed by maitre and sommelier Mirko Eutizi, together with Maurizio Menichetti. There's the intention to offer an authentic resume of gastronomic culture of Tuscany
A good news for Bergamo restaurant scene: M1lle Storie e Sapori, address viale Papa Giovanni XXIII 18, is the new place of Giampaolo Stefanetti, a chef who has worked for more than 30 years beside Cerea family, between Bergamo and Brusaporto. The cuisine, marked by affordable prices, is mainly fish-oriented, there's a wine-cellar rich with champagne and a little shop selling great products. Lighter menu at lunch, phone +39.035.4220121
On April 28th 2013 Harrods welcomed guests to Identità London - The Lunch of a Lifetime. Video by Harrods (3' 36")
When in Naples they call him 'o marziano, the Martian, you can't really tell what they mean. To us, he's an extraterrestrial with antennas, an early period David Bowie, but in the best possible sense because nobody, like this young man born in 1977, knows how to part from the schemes of the great Neapolitan tradition, without disregarding or losing sight, in his space odyssey, of his planet of origin, no matter how distant.
If his job was already written in his dna, having come from a family of restaurateurs, the genesis of the overbearing attitude behind the grim look he reserves for the usual paccheri, fried pasta or pastiere, has roots at the end of the millennium. After his military service with the Parachuters, the now extremely disciplined Andrea Aprea jumps over the Channel to understand what happens in the Italian restaurants over there: his first experiences are at the San Frediano and the Montpeliano restaurants but also include lots of fun - he's only in his twenties, after all.
The weaning is followed by a geographic anxiety that drags him to stir ladles in international kitchens: in Milan (Grand Hotel et De Milan), Sirmione (two years at the Grand Hotel Villa Cortina), Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Villa San Michele in Florence. Among the most influential place cards, Bulgari once again in Milan and Palazzo Sasso in Ravello, on the Amalfi Coast: as with dna in the paternity test, with decisive evidence his Risotto carnaroli, with lemon, rosemary and crayfish recalls Elio Sironi, his teacher during his Milanese stay. In the same way, the vegetables in his Mio orto, colori e sapori (my vegetable garden, colours and tastes, TN) are raised following the example of Pino Lavarra, the ghost writer of his apprenticeship in Amalfi.
Aprea, however, has Britain in his heart. He opens his mind like a fan during the fundamental two-year period between 2006 and 2008, spent at the Waterside Inn and at Bray's Fat Duck, the London county guarded by sheriff Heston Blumenthal: the young man understands the provocation value behind a liquorish salmon («I've dished out so many!») and the playful character of a preparation in which making the guest smile is half of the job.
However, pay attention: the irony is ok but no Raviolo with pork stew has gone out of the kitchen of the Comandante in Naples, the second-last stop of his odyssey, without his frowning browed final stroke, because if there's a single friariello out of place, you've got to start from scratch. Every dish is the result of overlapping rigour and madness. The latter then wakes him in the middle of the night, to note down pairings on a piece of paper. All this, mostly to complete a task that is creating emotional superstructures never abandoned from the Neapolitan pedestal. A mission that, since September 2011, is guiding Aprea on the ascent of Milanese dishes, on board of the Park Hyatt's Vun.
born in Milan, 1973, freelance journalist, he's been working as a co-author and coordinator of both Identità Web and Identità Golose World restaurant guidebook for the past 7 years