Among the hundreds of restaurants celebrating the IDIC all around the world there was “The President” in Pompeii (Naples), just a few meters away from the famous archaeological area. The chef patron Paolo Gramaglia and his wife Laila, a very talented sommelier, hosted an event celebrating both the region where the Spaghetti al dente with tomato sauce and basil were born (Campania) and the area where some of the best ingredients to prepare this dish come from. Pompeii is in the heart of the area where San Marzano Tomatoes PDO and Piennolo Vine Tomato from Mount Vesuvius PDO are grown. Both are believed to be the best choice of tomato to make Spaghetti al Pomodoro. In addition Pompeii is very close to one of the areas where some of the best spaghetti in the world are produced: the district of Gragnano that just a few months ago received the IGP (Geographical Indication Protected) from the European Union.
Luciano Pignataro , one of the most prestigious Italian food and wine writers, conducted the night and they all took part of a live video conference with New York, where the main event of the IDIC was being celebrated. Chef Paolo Gramaglia, the representative of a family that has been in the hospitality industry for generations, cooked the spaghetti with different types of tomatoes and showed the tricks to make them utterly flavorful.