The ideal way to appreciate the excellence of Italian cuisine is go to the most prestigious restaurants where the chefs express their own creativity with unique dishes and brilliant matches, turning a dinner in a high level gastronomical experience, which includes new flavors and revisitations of classic recipes.
So we start a travel through the top restaurants in Italy, places to visit like the museums, venues that include the best of local gastronomical identities.
Gualtiero Marchesi Restaurant, the new taste alchemy
The Maestro Gualtiero Marchesi is the most renowned Italian chef, he is always looking for simplicity, quality and beauty, a real artist which express himself only at kitchen and at the restaurant in Erbusco at L’Albereta, in province of Brescia.
The geographical area that hosts the restaurant is Franciacorta, famous for vineyards and for sparkling wine production, a good pretext to visit an area full of DOC wines surrounded by the greenery, then go to Restaurant Marchesi, where cooking becomes a universal language.
His own style is also combined with “art food” inspirations, dishes that pay tribute to Warhol, Pollock and Fontana, but if you prefer to try the chef’s classics choose the mixed platter’, Scrambled eggs with caviar and chives, ‘Rice gold and saffron, Open ravioli, Penne, asparagus and truffle, Gualtiero Marchesi’s veal fillet Rossini, the masterpieces of taste that mix beauty, harmony and poetry.
At Albereta there is also the catering school of Marchesi, where are born the best up-and-coming chefs of the moment. The restaurant staff includes 18 cooks and all the menus are conceived as original ideas and healthy cuisine thank to minimalism, the discover of the pure essence of each dish.
Talent and imagination, the Davide Scabin cuisine
Have you ever been in a restaurant inside a contemporary art museum? We suggest you an innovative restaurant where the experimentations about Piedmont typical dishes are stimulated by the set of Contemporary Art Museum of Castello di Rivoli, near Torino.
The name of the restaurant is Combal.Zero and the chef is Davide Scabin: if you like culinary research, this is the right place for art & food design.
You’ll be amazed by Scabin dishes, a renowned chef also abroad, thanks to his intuitions as the Cyber Egg, a double inner tube in transparent cellophane containing air, the caviar, egg yolk, vodka and shallot, or the Rognone with gin, successful dishes which testify the high standard of Combal.Zero.
Scabin, furthermore, invented Scabin Salt System, a system to put salt in food using pills, liquid and aspic; try the avant-garde recipes at this restaurant in Piedmont, their motto is “if you don’t take the risk to do it wrong you don’t have the need to be exposed with your soul”, you’ll meet the most modern side of Made In Italy gastronomy.
Heinz Beck style in Rome
Heinz Beck is a German chef, he is the executive chef at La Pergola since 1994, he’s well-known for his books dedicated to gastronomy and for the awards received, a landmark for all the gourmets in Italy.
Beck succeeds in the simplification of each dish using exclusively Italian raw material and cooking methods, restaurant La Pergola is the top of his creativity: a place that offers menus halfway between tradition and modernity, which assign the choice of ingredients at the first position.
To be sure to have a dinner at Pergola book in advance, this is a very elegant restaurant located at Hotel Rome Cavalieri Hilton that features Sèvres porcelain, an 18th Century bronze candelabra, imperial furniture and a wonderful collection of hand-blown glass by Emile Gallé. The most important guides assigned to this venue the maximum score, in addition the Pergola has a wine cellar with more than 53.000 bottles, so for your next trip to Rome don’t forget to go there, Heinz Beck take his challenges to the conventional gastronomy with new creations and enhancing taste above all. www.romecavalieri.com
Ideas in collision, the art of Massimo Bottura
Modena, in the heart of Emilia-Romagna, keeps a small treasure where a dinner is a must; this place is the Osteria Francescana at via Stella 22, the restaurant of Massimo Bottura. Only 12 tables for the most demanding customers, something unique that begins an itinerary from the typical Italian flavors.
Bottura is a chef who loves to break the rules, measure out irreverence in his recipes and mix with suggestions from paintings.
The Osteria is beyond doubt one of the most recommended places to know the Italian cuisine, for example you can ask for the tasting menus, called Tradition, Classics and Sensations, it will be like a travel through history! www.osteriafrancescana.it
Carlo Cracco, gourmet in Milan
If you know the Italian edition of the talent show Masterchef, probably you already know Carlo Cracco, patron chef at his restaurant in the heart of Milan, open in 2001 and now included in the list of 50 best world restaurants.
Cracco is a forerunner of experimental cuisine in Italy, in fact here you can taste not only the classic and creative menus, but also a special menu with a selection of the best dishes in the last 10 years.
The location is cozy and the walls have cherry wood boiserie which give a soft touch of refinement to the delicious dishes of the menus. Our itinerary gathers 5 stopovers with traditional recipes and more original proposals, because the real gourmets don’t be afraid by the news and commit themselves to the expert chefs, genuine exponents of the great Italian gastronomy.