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Castello Falletti

The long expected Barolo wine museum is a reality at last. Located in the Falletti Castle in Barolo, it’s the first museum in the world dedicated to this great wine. The 15th century Castello Faletti, only a 5 minute walk away from Torre Barolo, has undergone a complete transformation and expansion to host the collection. Alessandro Antonelli was the architect in charge of the renovations and he´s famous for designing the Film museum in Torino. Not too long ago, the Castle had an enoteca with a huge selection of vintage Barolo bottles. The new museum is more a wine amusement park than a traditional museum.


Donato De Santis´ new book: Italian cooks go to Paradise


Cucina Paradiso

Cucina Paradiso is the title of the book recently published by Donato de Santis (Cucina Paradiso, 280 pages, Editorial Planeta, in Spanish), the Buenos Aires based Italian chef who is a TV celebrity in Latin America. Donato is a Senior Member of the network itchefs-GVCI and has worked in many prestigious restaurants in Italy and abroad (mainly in the USA). In 1984, when he was only 20, he was the better paid Italian chef abroad (at Valentino’s restaurant, In Santa Monica). He was also the personal chef of the late Gianni Versace.

In this book, this Milan born chef (from parents who migrated there from the Puglia region), shows what´s the real essence of an Italian chef, what makes him different from other chefs: the Italian chef is different because he carries a heritage that goes well beyond a simple ability at the stoves. Cucina Paradiso (which is not just a collection of recipes, but it’s full of stories, pictures, anecdotes and tips) proves that being a true Italian chefs is a choice of life, a dimension of the spirit rather than just a profession.

Donato’s philosophy is very much based on the basic tenets of all the associates to the itchefs-GVCI network: “From a gastronomic point of view, Italy is a federal country”, as Donato himself writes in the book in which he reasserts his indissoluble bond with pasta and quality olive oil. He also adds: “Italy is a generous country, a violent and romantic bombardment, a passionate relationship, which describes a bit what are we Italians made of”. And moreover what are many Italian chefs, as Donato, are made of. With a perfect timing Donato opened also a new deli and culinary workshop in an elegant area of the Argentine capital. The name? Cucina Paradiso, of course.


Gaetano Ascione, the chef who manages Miami’s “Powerhouse Place”

Chef and restaurateur Gaetano Ascione, a long time associate to the itchefs-GVCI network, is very proud of his last achievement. His Gaetano’s Ristorante in Coral Gables – Miami has just been voted by the readers of the Miami New Time as "The Best of Miami - The Power House Place”. The motivation reads: “At Gaetano´s all the makers and shakers come together to discuss strategies, politics, economics etc as well as to have some of the Best Food of this side of the ocean”. The restaurant is located inside the Hotel St. Michel (where it has replaced the Restaurant St. Michel).

Chef Gaetano, a native of Naples, serves outstanding and honest, fresh and simple Italian cuisine prepared with the best and freshest ingredients the country exports, served alongside a hand picked collection of regional Italian Wines. Media reviewers stress that “Gaetano's Ristorante is not just a restaurant but a destination where their customers can travel in search of the pleasure of great food, conviviality, pure and sincere”. Gaetano's Ristorante's passion and love guided the compilation of their Wine list that has wines from the greatest vineyards and producers in Italy. They are certain that among the pages of Gaetano's wine list, you will find, as they have, a wine to fall in love with.


“Knowledge of Italian Cuisine is indispensable to any contemporary chef”

Silvia Bernardini

Starting  next September 1st, the Mexican IVAC (Veracruz´s Institute of High Cuisine) will offer a course on Italian Cuisine: 2000 years of gastronomic history”. It will be taught by Silvia Bernardini: chef, restaurateur, historian and a member of the itchefs-gvci network. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the main aspects of Italian Cuisine which is extremely popular in Mexico for being very healthy, among other reasons. “The knowledge of the authentic tenets of the Italian Cuisine is among the indispensable tools needed by any contemporary eager cook or professional chef”, says Silvia Bernardini who owns the restaurant L’Incontro in Veracruz and hosts a gastronomic program in a local radio station.

Silvia Bernardini

Wine list on iPad: La Credenza is the First Restaurant in Italy

La Credenza, the Michelin starred restaurant in San Maurizio Canavese (Turin) is the first Italian restaurant to have its wine list on iPad. The restaurant, owned by the chefs Giovanni Grasso (in photo left) e Igor Macchia, both members of the itchefs-GVCI network, has developed a versatile application allowing clients to choose their wines on the basis of many options: the price, the geographic provenience, the grape variety, etc. Actually, the client can even access the website of the winery that produces the label he/she is about to select or other related sites (La credenza has wi-fi connection in all its rooms). Of course, a sommelier is always available to integrate the information given by the iPad.

The application, which works for any restaurant, will be available starting next October (both in English and Italian). Nowadays, very few restaurants around the world have their wine lists on iPad but specialists foresee that many will take advantage of this tool, particularly Italian restaurants abroad. It will be a way to assist customers in the better understanding of the immense but well organized offer of Italian wines.

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