International Day of Italian Cuisines

A Day of Culinary pride in Italy

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“1000 Risotti alla Milanese” at Macef
(International Home Show): from left,
Rosario Scarpato, Honorary President of GVCI,
Emanuele Lattanzi, GVCI’s Chef of the year
with his Padella d’Argento, and GVCI’s
member Aldo Palaoro, coordinator of the
event at the International Fair of Milano

In Italy, dozens of restaurants participated in the celebration of the IDIC. The initiative was originally to expose and end the proliferation of bogus and counterfeited Italian cuisine abroad but, this year, the 17th January was greeted as the Day of Italian Culinary Pride by the Italians, just as Paolo Marchi wrote in his column in Il Giornale last year.

The participation of restaurants was mainly spontaneous; nevertheless, various organizations put together activities to voice their approval of the initiative.
The city that gave birth to risotto alla milanese was a perfect starting place: the International Fair of Milan, through Macef (the International Home Show) was one of the partners of itchefs-GVCI in the organization of this year’s IDIC. GVCI member, Aldo Palaoro, promoted and coordinated the event 1000 Risotti alla Milanese at Macef, during which this year’s celebration dish was prepared by guest chef Massimo Sola of the Quattro Mori Restaurant, Varese, Italy, in the CHIC restaurant area managed by Savino Vurchio.

Andrea Cristofoletto
Andrea Cristofoletto, La Villa Hotel,
La Villa, Bolzano (Italy)
Albergo Roma in Verbania
The entrange of Albergo Roma in Verbania (Italy), ready for the celebration of 2009 IDIC
Sola & Lattanzi
Massimo Sola, from Quattro Mori restaurant in Varese
(Italy) cooked Risotto at Macef with Emanuele Lattanzi
Emanuele Lattanzi
Emanuele Lattanzi, GVCI’s Chef of the year, eats
his well deserved Risotto at “1000 Risotti at Macef”

Also during this event, Emanuele Lattanzi, the chef who acted with such extraordinary bravery during the terrorist attack on his hotel, the Hotel Oberoy in Mumbai, on November 2008, was awarded the Padella d’Argento (the Silver Pan) as GVCI Chef of the Year.

Padella d'Argento (Silver Pan)
The GVCI’S Chef of the year
Padella d’Argento (Silver Pan)

Emanuele, who also participated in the cooking of risotto, was handed the Pan by Rosario Scarpato, honorary president of GVCI and Enrico Piazza, the manufacturer and sponsor of the Padella. Present were GVCI veteran, Marisa Avalis, and Nello Martini, Macef Project manager.





Padella d'Argento (Silver Pan)
Emanuele Lattanzi is awarded the 2008 Padella d’argento
(Silver Pan) as GVCI’s Chef of the year. From left: Marisa Avalis,
Rosario Scarpato, Emanuele Lattanzi, Enrico Piazza,
manufacturer of the pan, and Nello Martini,
Macef International Home Show Project manager

In Milan was Italy’s highest concentration of chefs participating in the IDIC, thanks to Giallo Milano, another partner of itchefs-GVCI in the organization of the celebration.

Giallo Milano organises an annual competition for the best risotto alla milanese and on this occasion promoted the participation of Milan restaurants in the GVCI risotto ola. “Traditional and contemporary restaurants joined the celebration of IDIC, including practically all the establishments sporting Michelin stars in the region”, says Saverio Paffumi, editor in chief of Ristorarte magazine and Giallo Milano spokesperson.

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On 17.01.2009, at the Restaurant Brellin In Milan,
Giallo Milano awarded the best Risotto alla Milanese,
according to a Popular Jury. From left Alessandro Rimoldi,
chef of Brellin; Rosario Scarpato, GVCI Honorary President,
Gianpietro Tagliabue, chef of Il Ritrovo di Ozzero, Valeria
Randazzo, Andrea Sconfienza chef of Antica Trattora Morivione,
Susanna Amerigo, Saverio Paffumi, Ristorarte editor, Andrea
Bevilacqua chef of Antica Trattoria Bagutto and Luca Gaggioli

Rome was the stage for two exceptional IDIC events. One was promoted by Stefano Bonilli, former editor of Gambero Rosso and currently curator of the blog Papero Giallo, at The Open Colonna.

Open Colonna restaurant
Rome (Italy), Open Colonna restaurant,
where Stefano Bonilli organised
the Risotto Day function













Bonilli has been a determined supporter of GVCI and IDIC since their beginning. The Open Colonna featured risotto prepared by Stefano Preli, Chef of the Open Colonna, Danilo Ciavattini, Pipero Restaurant, Albano Laziale; Maurizio Santin, Cuoco Nero Restaurant, Rome; Massimiliano Mariola, Rai Sat Gambero Rosso, Rome, and Massimiliano Sepe, Casa Catullo Restaurant, Fondi (Lt).

Stefano Bonilli’s Risotto Day
Stefano Bonilli’s Risotto Day
at the Open Colonna, Rome (Italy)

The other Roman celebration of note was organised by food writer and gastronome Luigi Cremona, a long time GVCI member and friend, at the Hotel Hassler, where Emanuele Lattanzi, the GVCI chef of the year worked before going to Mumbai. The risotto on this occasion was cooked by Francesco Apreda, executive chef of the hotel and Emanuele’s mentor, in the in-house restaurant Imago.

Luigi Cremona and Roberto Wirt
Luigi Cremona and
Roberto Wirt, theowner of the
Hassler Hotel in Rome, Italy

“It was a night dedicated to Emanuele”, says Lorenza Vitali, tireless coordinator of the event, in which three GVCI chefs took part via telephonic link, Roberto Bendinelli from Moscow, Gaetano Ascione from Miami and Giovanni Grasso of La Credenza, San Maurizio Canavese, Turin, who was in New York City, where he had taken part in the launch of the IDIC 2009.

Francesco Apreda
Francesco Apreda, Hotel Hassler
Rome Executive Chef, cooks Risotto
alla Milanese in the kitchen
of the Imago Restaurant

Furthermore, Pasquale Porcelli, another respected Italian gastronomer and food and wine journalist, organised a special risotto alla milanese night in the southern region of Puglia, at the Fornello da Ricci, Ceglie di messapico (Brindisi).

Last but not least, on 17th January the entire Ferrari Formula 1 team in the Mugello valley ate risotto alla milanese, as well, cooked by Gianfelice Guerrini, the team’s globetrotting executive chef and long time GVCI member. And the celebrations of Risotto alla Milanese in many restaurants lasted until the end of January. On the 31st, Giacomo Gallina, GVCI Vice-President, cooked risotto in Basilicagoiano, Parma, at the Azienda Agricola Bonati of Gianluca Bonati, a renowned producer of Parmigiano Reggiano.

Risotto alla Milanese night
Food and wine writer Pasquale Porcelli (first from left)
organised a fantastic Risotto alla Milanese night at
Fornello da Ricci, in Ceglie Messapica (Brindisi, Italy)
Giacomo Gallina
Giacomo Gallina at Azienda Agricola Bonati
in Basilicagoiano (Parma Italy) for the
preparation of a Risotto alla Milanese


Chefs cooking Risotto alla Milanese in Italy

Giorgio Broggini, L’Altro sul Naviglio Osteria di Porta Cicca, Milano
Nicola Cavallaro, Al San Cristoforo Restaurant, Milano
Andrea Cristofoletto, La Villa Hotel, La Villa (BZ)
Alessandro Da Como, Gand Hotel Della Posta, Sondrio
Angelo Franchini, Torre del Monte Residence, Todi (PG)
Mario Fraschini, La Vineria Restaurant, Brescia
Filippo Gozzoli, Park Hyatt Hotel Milano, Milano
Gianfelice Guerrini, Chef Ferrari F.1 Team, Maranello
Aldo Palaoro and Stefano Dal Ry, La Pesa Restaurant. Verbania (VB)
Fabio Peiti, Milio Restaurant at the Lac Salin SPA Hotel and Mountain Resort, Livigno (SO)
Andrea Pini, L'Ustareja di Du Buto' Restaurant, Solarolo, (RA)
Daniele Priori, Moma Restaurant, Roma
Alfredo Russo, Dolce Stil Novo Restaurant, Venaria Reale, (TO)
Massimiliano Sepe, Casa Catullo Resturant, Fondi (LT)
Massimiliano Telloli, Osteria Stallo del Pomodoro, Modena
Gabriele Torretto, La valle Restaurant and Circolo dei Lettori Torino Restaurant, Turin
Carlo e Jennifer Bigi , Il Tegolaio Restaurant, Firenze)
Piero Pulli, Il Canonico Restaurant, Carignano (TO)
Leonardo Russi, Zerodue Restaurant, Milano
Christian e Manuel Costardi, Hotel Cinzia, Vercelli
Dorina Chionna, Gianni & Dorina Il Pontremolese, Milano
Marco Dallabona, Stella D’ Oro Restaurant, Soragna, (PR)
Emanuele Gnemmi and Riccardo Milan, Roma Restaurant, Oleggio (NO)
Pasquale Porcelli Organises a Risotto Alla Milanese night at Fornello da Ricci Restaurant,
Ceglie Messapica, (BR)
Francesco Sacco, Al Pugnalone Restaurant, Acquapendente, (VT)
Matteo Scibilia, Osteria Della Buona Condotta, Ornago, Monza
Simone Suardi, Taverna del Sacripante, Milano
Roberto Dante Vincenzi, Antica Trattoria "La botte piena e... il polpo ubriaco", Gazzaniga, (BG)

Luigi Cremona, Lorenza Vitali and Francesco Apreda Chef, Imago Restaurant at Hassler Hotel, Rome

Chefs Luciano Tona, Christian Broglia and the students of ALMA, The International school of Italian Cuisine, Colorno [Parma], cooked Risotto alla Milanese on Friday 16 [The School is closed on Saturdays]

Savino Vurchio and Massimo Sola Chef of Quattro Mori Varese invited to Chic Lounge Macef
for 1000 Risotti al MACEF (MI)

Risotto Day by Stefano Bonilli at Open Colonna Restaurant , Rome whit the chefs:
Stefano Preli, Chef of the Open Colonna; Danilo Ciavattini,Pipero Restaurant, Albano Laziale; Maurizio Santin, Cuoco Nero Restaurant, Rome; Massimiliano Mariola, Rai Sat Gambero Rosso, Rome

* Group of adhesions promoted by Giallo Milano: (http://www.giallomilano.net/)
* Carlo Cracco, Cracco Peck restaurant, Milano
* Pietro Leeman, Joia Restaurant, Milano
* Davide Oldani, D'O Restaurant, Cornaredo / San Pietro all'Olmo (MI)
* Gaetano Simonato, Tano passami l'olio Restaurant, Milano
* Sergio Mei, Four Season Hotel, Milano
* Lino Gagliardi, Antica osteria la rampina, San Giuliano milanese (MI)
* Luca Possanzini, Osteria nuova, San Giuliano milanese (MI)
* Roberto Fontana, Trattoria Casa Fontana 23 risotti, Milano
* Giovanni Mooney, L'ulmet Restaurant, Milano
* Luigi Moretti, Duke restaurant Lounge bar, Milano
* Andrea Bevilacqua, Antica Trattoria Bagutto, Milano
* Giorgio Ziliani, Il Torchietto Restaurant, Milano
* Giancarlo Morelli, Osteria del Pomiroeu, Seregno (MI)
* Antonella Varese, La locanda degli elfi, Ripalta Arpina (CR)
* Manuel Lezzoli, Osteria del riccio, Sesto San Giovanni (MI)
* Silvano Ghezzi, La pesa di via Fantoni Restaurant, Milano
* Fabrizio Cadei, Acanto Restaurant at Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milano
* Alessandro Rimoldi, El brellin Restaurant, Milano
* Daniele Armila, Al V piano Restaurant, Grand hotel Visconti Palace, Milano
* Fabio Borgonovo, Villa Giavazzi, Verdello (BG)
* Cristina Chiusano, Maglio Restaurant Cucina suoni e Parole, Sesto San Giovanni (MI)
* Eros Picco, Innocenti Evasioni Restaurant, Milano
* Alex , Arco del Re Restaurant, Arcore (MI)
* Donato di Giuseppe, Blue Note Restaurant, Milano
* Claudio Sadler, Sadler Restaurant, Milano
* Claudio Sadler, Chic’n Quick Restaurant, Milano
* Aimo and Nadia Moroni, Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia Restaurant,Milano
* Andrea Sconfienza, Antica Trattoria Morivione, Milano
* Giampietro Tagliabue, Il Ritrovo Restaurant, Ozzero (MI)
* Ezio Santin, Antica Osteria del Ponte, Cassinetta di Lugagnano (MI)
* Alberto Meggiorin, La Piola Restaurant, Milano
* Andrea Berton, Trussardi alla Scala Restaurant, Milano