Italian gastronomy is deeply rooted in tradition so one has to wonder: how do famous Italian chefs blend tradition and innovation in their kitchens?
You'll get some answers from these amazing before and after shots comparing homemade traditional Italian foods with the gourmet versions chefs like Carlo Cracco and Gualtiero Marchesi dish up at their Michelin-starred restaurants.
How does Marchesi turn a simple saffron risotto into an edible work of art complete with a gold leaf garnish? Or how does spaghetti carbonara get deconstructed and who was bold enough to add bergamot and capers to Italy's famous tiramisu?
Find out by feasting your eyes on these mouthwatering reinterpretations of traditional Italian foods:
CARBONARA: FROM ROME TO LAKE GARDA
Classic carbonara becomes a pasta dish with trout in the hands of chef Leandro Luppi from Vecchia Malcesine restaurant. Which traditional ingredients remain in the recipe? Eggs, fresh pepper and spaghetti.
SAFFRON RISOTTO: FROM MILAN TO GUALTIERO MARCHESI
On the bottom you'll find the most iconic dish from the great master Gualtiero Marchesi: risotto with saffron and edible gold leaf. It's easy to see the different between the homemade version and his stellar recipe, right?
MILANESE CUTLET: FROM SIMPLE TO CRACCO'S 'DONE WRONG'
The Milanese cutlet is a favorite in Lombardy, that's why it seems impossible that Milanese chef Carlo Cracco would come up with a recipe 'done wrong'. In his version all of the ingredients of the breading are served on the side to highlight the delicate flavor of the meat.
TIRAMISU: FROM COFFEE TO CAPERS
PARMIGIANA: ALFONSO IACCARINO'S EGGPLANT TOWER