Andy in Italy
Our Head Chef, Andy Appleton visited Italy twice in March this year, to gain inspiration and ideas for his menus this summer. We thought you would like to hear about his top five favourite things he did whilst he was visiting the regions of Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Veneto:
1) Top of Andy’s list – a reservation at the world famous Osteria Francescana in Modena, where head chef Massimo Bottura presides, this is where they say “our cooking
is a collision of ideas, cultures, techniques and gestures”. Andy had the ‘Classico’ menu, which is nine courses of gastronomic heaven.
One of the highlights from the menu was the ‘Five different ages of Parmigiano Reggiano in five different textures’:
2) Andy can’t visit Italy without bringing back a couple of small kitchen toys – including these wonderful pasta cutters:
3) Whilst visiting Bologna, Andy likes nothing better than just stumbling across some of the many street cafes that serve some of the best wood-fired pizzas in the world. For just eight euros, Andy had a spicy salami pizza and it was – fantastico!
4) Whilst in Florence, Andy got a little side-tracked with his second love – cars. He came across this local classic car rally and spied his dream machine – a 1950’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider.
5) As part of a sourcing trip to an area outside of Venice, Andy was lucky enough to visit the Villa Sandi, a world famous Prosecco producer. This magnificent villa with its amazing cellars also houses a large collection of classic motorcyles, hidden during the second world war.
As part of this sourcing trip, Andy also visited prosciutto producer – Dok Dall’Ava who are so passionate about prosciutto they even built their factory in the shape of one.
A room jammed full of ham!
As you can see, Andy had an amazing time – come and see for yourselves some of the beautiful dishes inspired from his trip to Italy, we look forward to seeing you soon.