International Day of Italian Cuisines

Stuttgart: the triumph of Tagliatelle and memorable Great Italian Sunday Lunches

 

On January 17, 2010 Stuttgart (Germany) was the centre of the worldwide IDIC celebrations. A full program of events has been put together with the support and the coordination of itchefs-GVCI senior associate, great chef and German TV celebrity: Sante De Santis. To make a qualified participation to the global ola delle Tagliatelle Mauro Fabbri, the executive chef of Ristorante Diana (Bologna) one of the oldest eateries in town, came specially to Stuttgart, together with expert sfoglina Luisa Lolli, to prepare authentic tagliatelle al ragù Bolognese. Together with Sante and the brigade of San Pietro, they prepared the delicious traditional dish on Saturday (at the Metro Hypermarket and in the facilities of Di Gennaro, importers of fine wines and food from Italy) and on Sunday.

Stuttgart celebrations were very special for another reason as well: falling on a Sunday, itchefs-GVCI and Sante De Santis thought it was a good opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest and most important institutions of Italian Cuisines: The Great Sunday Lunch (Il Grande Pranzo della Domenica). Three great chefs arrived in town to interpret the Great Italian Sunday Lunch of three different eras:

On 16th January, it was Donato De Santis, a talented chef based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, very popular in Latin America for his successful cooking show on El Gourmet TV Station, who cooked his dinner at Di Gennaro Feinkost und Weinimport, with the collaboration of Konrad Sluga. Click here to see Donato’s menu.

On the 17th January, at the San Pietro Restaurant, it was the turn of Roland Schuller, once chef of the Don Alfonso and today working in Hong Kong as executive chef of The Drawing Room, the only Italian restaurant in town with a Michelin star. Click here to see Roland Schuller´s menu. The great lunch cooked by Roland Schuller, was halted for a few minutes, to allow a celebration of Tagliatelle al ragù Bolognese prepared by Mauro Fabbri and Luisa Lolli, all chefs present – including Sante De santis, Roland, Marco Sacco, Luigi Magni and the San Pietro brigade symbolically participated into the cooking of the dish.

Guests highly appreciated the video conference via Skype with other chefs cooking tagliatelle around the world and in particular Pietro Rongoni from Moscow, Andrea Delzanno (Gaia Restaurant) from hong Kong and Corrado Michelazzo (Va Bene Restaurant) from Shanghai. Monday 18th was Marco Sacco´s (Piccolo Lago Restaurant, Verbania, Piedmont) turn. Holder of two Michelin stars, he interpreted the great Italian Sunday lunch of the future. To see Marco Sacco´s menu click here.

Pictures of Stuttgart events, unless credited otherwise, by Rosana Milivinti

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