In the beautiful frame of the Villa Medicea di Artimino (po) the 11th edition of the Italia a Tavola award was performed, programed from 30-31 march and 1 april 2019. For this focus edition on security and identity that for Alberto Lupini, director of Italia a Tavola, “the two key principles are for the development of restaurant and reception”.
This is one of the most successful moments of communication in the Horeca world involving the main trade associations, producers, institutions, cooks, pastry chefs, pizza makers, bartenders, producers, sommeliers, maitre and professionals of the hotel world, who choose this event to confront and outline the prospects of everything that revolves around a strategic sector for the Italian economy.
An event that sees the presence of important institutional partners such as Confcommercio Toscana, Italian Association of Confindustria Hotels, Italian Federation of Public Exercises, Euro-Toques Italia, Italian Chefs Federation, Enit- National Tourism Agency and Tuscany Region – up to Sen. Gian Marco Centinaio , Minister of Agricultural Policies and Tourism, awarded by Alberto Lupini with the office of Ambassador of food and wine tourism.
Silvia Baracchi, a Michelin star in Cortona (Ar) with her restaurant Il Falconiere, went to the “Person of the year for food and wine and hospitality” award. Euro-Toques delegate for the region of Tuscany collected 31,924 preferences, overcoming the famous chef Massimo Bottura (votes 31147) of the Osteria La Francescana of Modena and chef Filippo La Mantia Oste and Cuoco of Milan. Many appointments have marked the two intense days such as the exhibition of the photographer Davide Dutto “NoTools_Fork1” dedicated to the forks, with at the center the fork that Caterina de ‘Medici brought to the French court following her wedding, on the occasion of the 500 years since the birth of the duchess.
On the evening of 30 March, the gala dinner “L’ Italia a Tavola … 4 centuries ago. Journey among the Italian courts of 1619”, which saw Annie Feolde as guest of honor. Day 31 the debate-debate on the theme “The fork symbol of Western culture” and the final of the competition for Abi Professional-Italia barman at the table “The Negroni 100 years later (1919-2019)”.
Also on the same day, the Euro-Toques gala dinner, in the Sala del Leone, coordinated by Fabio Silva, by the new under 35 members: Cristian Benvenuto, Roberta Gallo, Giuseppe Lo Presti, Marco Ortolani, Jorge Sanchez, Barbara Settembri. Present was the director of Italia a Tavola Alberto Lupini and the president of Euro-Toques Enrico Derflingher. In the meantime an aperitif made with Coupe Franciacorta MonteRossa.
The first course, paninetto with codfish tripe, was a tribute to Luciano Zazzeri, Michelin star of La Pineta, who recently passed away. Following the artichoke flan with beef tartare, by Barbara Settembri, chef of La Locanda dei Matteri at Sant’ Eplidio a Mare (Fm).
The delicate red prawn cannolo from Mazara del Vallo on pea cream and lemon-flavored sheep’s milk ricotta mousse, by Cristian Benvenuto of La Filanda restaurant in Macherio (Mb). A dish that recalls the two regions to which the chef is linked: Sicily and Lombardy. Continue with tortelli with Florentine tripe, red mullet, Vesuvian mayonnaise and cuttlefish ink by Giuseppe Lo Presti, chef of Il Casale in Grimoli (Ar).
The second opens a tasty barbecued pork rib, Carmagnola peppers, sour apple, masturtium and black garlic from chef Giorgio Sanchez.
And then umbrine Golden Mouth with Tuscan saffron, almonds and virgin sauce by Marco Ortolani, chef of the Michelin star restaurant Trattoria Enrico Bartolini in Castiglione della Pescaia (Gr).
A very welcome finale with “Sapori e profumi di Sicilia” by Roberta Gallo, chef at the restaurant Regina Lucia di Siracusa. A clever marriage between orange and lemon as well as Modica chocolate. Accompanying the dishes of the evening are the wines of Donna Olimpia and Omina Romana, in order: Millepassi Bolgheri Superiore 2015 Donna Olimpia, Chardonnay Roman Omina, Syrah Roman Omina, Viognier Ars Magna Romana Roman, I Diana Nemorensis I Omina Romana.”
Signed: A. Raffaelli