Percorsi Stellati/Starred Journeys: Enoteca Pinchiorri (Firenze)


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When I decided to leave my previous job at Banca Monte Paschi di Siena to move back to Milan, my colleagues gave me a farewell gift that probably is one of the most appreciated ever: a 2 persons dinner at … Continue reading

Percorsi stellati/Starred Journeys: Seta (Milano)


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Seta and its chef Antonio Guida were awarded 1 Michelin Star in 2016, and 2 Michelin Stars in 20017. In my opinion is the best restaurant in Milan at the moment I am writing this post. Located inside the Mandarin Hotel … Continue reading

Percorsi Stellati/Starred Journeys: Christian Etienne (Avignon)

Maison Christian Etienne is probably the best restaurant in Avignon. Awarded 1-Michelin Star, its Chef Guilhem Sevin  proposes an intriguing menu based on tomato as main ingredient. Price is high, but for a Michelin Star restaurant is reasonable (below 100 Euros per person).

Our “Tomatoes Menus” consisted of:

  • Mackerel Chevice, Corn and “Noire de Crimée” tomato
  • Trio of old tomato tartare flavoured with basil in the original version: Green Zebra, Coeur de Boeuf and Ananas
  • Red Mullet: fillet and brandade, greedy pea and “Olivette”tomato confit, garlic cream iodized with tomato water
  • Tomafel, greek dressing with mint, multicolor “Tomatoes Cherry”
  • Duo of Lamb from Provence and real juice, “Crushed tomatoes”, egg plant caviar and rosemary crumble
  • “Cornue de Sandes” tomato crackers, fresh goat cheese from La Drôme with chives
  • “Pomme d’amour”, pistachio mousse and crispy rice
  • “Marmande” sorbet, caramelized pistachio



Percorsi stellati/Starred Journeys: Villa Crespi (Orta San Giulio – Novara)


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Today was Antonino Cannavacciuolo day. His restaurant is located in the fascinating Villa Crespi , a magnificent villa in moorish style built in 1879 by the cotton tycoon Cristoforo Benigno Crespi, who wanted to bring the charm of Baghdad back to his beloved … Continue reading

Basque Country and Provence


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This summer we decided to make another “on the road” holiday ….well much less challenging than Route 66 in 2014, nevertheless same excitement and fun: we visited the Basque Country both on the Spanish and the French side. During the … Continue reading