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We don’t need to convince anyone that Italian cuisine is one of the world’s best. For those who’d like to become practicing experts on the subject, here’s a complete panorama that ranges from haute cuisine to famous products, from tastekeepers to artisans – we’d like to introduce you a mix of elements, traditions and techniques.
The Italian horizon is full of Michelin starred restaurants and world-renowned chefs like Massimo Bottura of the Osteria Francescana in Modena who has just recently received his third Michelin star: our exclusive video portrait will give you a greater understanding of his work and his passions. And there are other maestros whose innovative spirit creates a harmonious pairing with a philosophy that reinterprets ingredients from the national culinary tradition. If you’d like to get to know them up close – chefs like Davide Scabin, Claudio Sadler, Moreno Cedroni, Marco Stabile and Carlo Cracco – don’t miss our original videos that show Italian chefs in a rare light.
Real insiders of the culinary world have surely heard the saying: “Italian cuisine is product, French cuisine is technique, Spanish cuisine is technology”. Whatever your perspective may be, it’s impossible to deny that Italy abounds with ingredients and dishes that are closely tied to history, regional traditions, and stories that are worth telling.
Would you like to try your hand at making fresh pasta or ragù, the savoury icon of Italian cooking? Then take a look at the video lessons given by the famous Simili Sisters, who share their secrets straight from their Bolognese kitchen to yours: from tagliatelle pasta to bread to potato gnocchi. Follow their lead and in no time you’ll be offering authentic home-cooked Italian meals to your friends.
With his restaurant and his cellar full of precious, aged culatello, Massimo Spigaroli produces this prized in his estate alongside the foggy, magical banks of the Po river – and from there, they are sent to some of the world’s most discriminating foodies like Giorgio Armani, Gérard Depardieu and even Prince Charles.
Nunzio Marcelli lives in the mountains of Abruzzo, has a degree in Economics and after travelling around the world, he decided to come back to his roots. And lovers of authentic, artisan Italian cheeses are lucky he did: he uses old fashioned, traditional methods to produce Pecorino and Ricotta cheese, which are sold all over the world via internet.
And what can we say about Dario Cecchini, the Tuscan butcher who recites Dante Alighieri? His “Florentine” steaks made of Chianina beef are famous all over the world, and he’s an expert on high-quality bovine breeds, like those from Spain. Alongside his butcher shop, he has a few restaurants in Panzano in Chianti, just outside Florence, where one can enjoy an extraordinary hamburger, roasts, or Tuscan specialities that are beloved by visitors and locals of “Chiantishire” as well as celebrity customers like Sting, Madonna or Elton John.
Photo by Paolo Terzi, Modena