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
Libera Terra, an association born to value properties that were confiscated to organized criminality, directed by Don Luigi Ciotti, just won the first edition of the premio Francesco Arrigoni, an award bearing the name of the journalist from Bergamo prematurely passed away. The prize will be given by wife Antonella and sons Dante and Gregorio next Saturday 4th, Francesco's birthday, in the San Pietro in Lamosa monastery, Provaglio, Franciacorta region
El Celler de Can Roca in Girona is the best restaurant in the world according to the World's 50Best 2013. Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca climbed over Renè Redzepi's Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, that ranked first on the last 3 editions. The podium is completed with Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana. Mugaritz of Andoni Luiz Aduriz in Errenteria, Bask Ccountries, ranked fourth. Fifth, Eleven Madison Park of Daniel Humm in New York
Massimo Bottura is the first chef in the history of World's 50Best Restaurant (12 editions) to climb up to the podium: Osteria Francescana ranked third. Behind, great news for 4 Italian colleagues: brothers Massimiliano and Raffaele Alajmo of Le Calandre ranked 27 (+5 on 2012), Umberto Bombana of Otto e Mezzo in Shanghai, China, ranked 39° (new entry), DavideScabin of Combal.Zero is 40th (re-entry), Enrico Crippa of Piazza Duomo, 41th (new entry)
Brothers Jordi, Joan and Josep Roca from restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, revealed in London all the details of El Somni, "The dream", a long-awaited culinary opera, a multi-sensorial gastronomic experience that will involve also videos, robots and music. It will be centered around number 12, inpired by XVII century French chef François Vatel and release together with audiovisual artist Franc Aleu. All the informations coming soon
Everything is ready at The Georgian, the fourth floor of Harrods di Londra, for today's Identità London superlunch. Protagonists of the supermenu: Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana, Enrico e Roberto Cerea of Da Vittorio, Carlo Cracco from Cracco, Gennaro Esposito from La Torre del Saracino, Luciano Monosilio of Pipero al Rex and Davide Scabin of Combal.Zero. Soon online all the pictures
strada De Sort, 64
The Donei family celebrates half a century of traditional high cuisine in Moena, a small town you need to leave behind to reach Malga Panna. This plaything made of wood, with fields and forests, is where the Donei's used to spend the summer in the first half of the past century – the other months, they lived in Turchia, a historical neighbourhood in the little town in Val di Fassa. Come May, mid-May, they'd climb with the cattle up to Sorte, quite a fine name for a place, as it means fate, in Italian, and stayed there until November, when snow began to cover everything and it was time to descend to the valley.
The first restoration of the malga dates back to 1938, but the one that would determine the turning point and start the hospitality service, was in 1951. Paolo Donei, born in 1973, is the latest expression of a group strongly rooted in this part of Trentino, a region where the guest is constantly pampered. The strength of Malga Panna lies in the capacity of those who work here, of making guests feel at home. To reach number 64 on the Strada de Sort, you have to take a tiny street that rises steeply at the end, and if there's ice or snow, do ask to be picked up. If you stop on the way up, it's hard to start again; on the way back, on the other hand, you risk losing control of the vehicle.
Moreover, it's best to totally relax, because tradition is lived by this young man as a pass between old and new, between all the best that is given by history, and what he has learnt with his chef hat on the head. What we have in front of us are not dishes made as a caricature or photocopy of those that can be found everywhere, in the mountains. The deer, for instance, is served in a brilliant tartare in a wafer of mustard and goat cheese; snails, wrapped in a thin slice of pancetta, are placed on a soup of Granny Smith apples and horseradish, the spaghettini are paired with arctic char and its eggs, in a cream of Jerusalem artichoke and toasted hazelnuts. The risotto is brought out by mountain pine oil (as is the red-legged partridge, after all) while the Sweet “Caprese” has nothing to do with the cake, but is a Dolomitic version of the tomato and mozzarella salad. This does not push the Puzzone di Moena ice-cream, Val di Fassa's staple cheese, into the background, in a list of desserts from which the Iced cappuccino with white coffee cream and rosemary custard cream cannot be cancelled.