Angry French @ Mirazur – Menton

Mirazur Menton

Well, ok. This is not exactly Italy, but I hope you’ll forgive me, considering that Mirazur is no more than 50 meters from the Italian border, and the chef owner (Mauro Colagrego) is Italian/Argentinian. I will also add that he will be one of the four judges of the Italian version of the TV program “Top Chef”.

As usual, the 2016 edition of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant award has not brought significant achievements for France, and our cousins beyond the alps (how we call them) didn’t take that very well, because they still consider themselves the keepers of haute cuisine in the whole world. However the reaction was tragicomic: with the endorsement from the government they invented “la liste“, a list based on a scientific algorhytm, whose results are much more appreciated. Too bad the winning chef committed suicide just after a few days (obviously for independent reasons), casting a macabre shadow over all the operation.

I’ve expressed some doubts on the World’s 50 best too in my Italian language blog, but I can agree that the world is not looking at France as the homeland of gastonomic avant-garde, since the attention has been focused firstly on northern Europe and then on Italy, or at least this is what I hope ;-). Continue reading “Angry French @ Mirazur – Menton”

The time for pizza @ Montegrigna – Legnano (MI)

Pizza Montegrigna Legnano

It’s quite difficult while thinking about Italian food not to mention pizza, being one of the usual stereotypes commonly associated to us. Being relatively cheap, pizzeria is by far the preferred eat out destination in Italy: today there are about 42.000 restaurants serving pizza, to which we have to add another 21.000 shops specialized in take-away.

The wide diffusion of the format, which is generally (and wrongly) considered as fast-food, led in the last few decades to a gradual and steady decline in quality. The medium lavel is actually good in Naples, and it could not be otherwise for obvious reasons, while the situation is quite tragic in Milan, where you could count the places where to eat a good pizza on the fingers of one hand.

According to urban legends the superiority of Campania capital would be due to the peculiarities of the public water. The aforementioned legends ignore dozens of more important aspects: the quality of ingredients, the ability of the maker, the temperatue of the oven, not to mention leavening times. Continue reading “The time for pizza @ Montegrigna – Legnano (MI)”

The No 1 @ Osteria Francescana – Modena

This is my first post on the new blog, so there’s no better way to start from the best, where the best today is Osteria Francescana in Modena, led by the skinny Italian chef (as he defines himself) Massimo Bottura. I’m obviously referring to the famous/infamous "World’s 50 Best Restaurants" which, for the first time since its creation, has an Italian restaurant at the top position.

I tend to consider this list quite playfully, mainly because the criteria on which is built are at least self-referential, but its commercial power is today comparable to that of the historic Michelin Guide. I only hope that this achievement will bring more attention to our restaurants, generally poorly considered at an international level. Continue reading “The No 1 @ Osteria Francescana – Modena”