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InITALY Bar Ristorante, Mario Caramella's New Venture in Singapore

GVCI President, former Bali Sanur Hyatt Hotel (Indonesia) Executive Chef and now Chef Patron of the brand new In Italy, Mario Caramella opens his new place along Craig Road in Singapore. A smart, mediterranean restaurant, conceived around authentic Italian cuisine, it can seat 40 guests inside and 20 in the terrace.

Some of the dishes to be found in the menu are: Fritto Misto (crispy calamari, prawns, soft shell crab, honey mustard and balsamic dip), Acqua Pazza (red garoupa with tomatoes, capers, green olives, mussels and clams), Stufato di Manzo (stewed beef cheek with porcini mushrooms and polenta) and, as Rosario Scarpato called it "the renaissance of Bollito Misto" (boiled beef, veal, pork, chicken, veal tongue and vegetables with a selection of dips).

In bocca al lupo!

Rosario Scarpato (food journalist and TV director), Maria Brown and Hian Goh,
the spearheads of the Asian Food Channel, and Mario Caramella

New Restaurant in Hong Kong, Messina with ItChefs-GVCI associate Chef Francesco Greco up front

As it has been said, this new Italian Restaurant is worth making the ferry ride to Hung Hom for!

Part of K.O. Dining Group, Messina is set-up for diners to enjoy the modern Sicilian menu as much as the unobstructed views of the Victoria Harbour.

The head chef is long time ItChefs-GVCI associate Francesco Greco, who has worked at award-winning restaurants all over the world from Paris (at the Michelin-starred Taillevent) and New York (the Michelin-rated Del Posto NYC, Gramercy Tavern and Veritas NYC) to Jakarta and Shanghai, and now Hong Kong. Messina serves modern Sicilian cuisine. The blend of French technique (given Greco´s training) and southern Italian cuisine is a refined combination that makes the menu particularly unique. Greco’s specialties are tuna carpaccio and crispy suckling pig.

"As the Asian capital of gastronomy, Hong Kong represents the perfect platform for us to launch our first project because its sophisticated community of connoisseurs can best appreciate the exceptionally high quality of our offerings. The city, with its high tourism traffic, also enables us to quickly establish wide brand recognition across the region for future growth." said Kazuo Okada, Chairman of the Board of Director of Universal Entertainment Corporation.

Messina, 5/F, The Harbourfront Landmark, 11 Wan Hoi St., Hung Hom, +852 3746 2733


ItChefs-GVCI associate, Michele Senigaglia Opens new Restaurant in Hong Kong

DiVino Patio is a cozy and relaxed Italian restaurant for power lunch-ers and relaxed dinner guests. ItChefs-GVCI associate Michele Senigaglia has worked full steam to open this restaurant in Wan Chai of which the interior follows a simplistic and modern design concept. DiVino Patio is a 4,000 square-foot restaurant which seats around 140 guests. An outside space is open for guests during lunch hours, and private rooms are available for special occasions. Be sure to try the signature dishes: home-made chicken and Boston lobster linguine.

1/F, Shop 11, Brim 28 - Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, Hong Kong - 2877-3552


Chefs Raised Money for the Relief of the Emilia Romagna Earthquake

May 2012, an earthquake takes place in the Emilia Romagna region leaving severe consequences: many people hurt, homeless or even deceased. The Parma Forum took place in June and the Chefs decided to give a symbolic amount for the victims. A total of: Euro 1992.76 were raised and given to the Gazzetta of Parma for the assistance of the town of Cervezzo, which was severely hit. For the occasion the chefs participating in the Forum, signed a uniform which was given together with the money.


The GVCI Wins the Prestigious “Orio Vergani” Award

The Board of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina has granted the prestigious Orio Vergani 2012 Award to the  GVCI (Virtual Group of Italian Chefs).

Prof. Giovanni Ballerini, Accademia Italiana della Cucina President, has officially written to Mario Caramella, GVCI President and Chef-Patron of the soon opening inITALY Restaurant in Singapore.

The Orio Vergani Awards have been created to honor the memory of the founder of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina and is granted every year to individuals, institutions and associations, without ties to the Accademia, that have greatly honored both the Italian gastronomy culture and civilization of the table in every field, in Italy and abroad.

“With great pleasure and honor we accept this prestigious Award, which represents without any doubt, the outcome of the effort of the many professionals belonging to  to GVCI”, said Mario Caramella, accepting the Award on behalf of the network. The ceremony of the presentation of the Award will be held in Milan, next October.

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