Are you among those whose knowledge of Italian cuisine is based solely on your experience with different kinds of pizzas? About time you pack your bags and visit Italy, says Italian chef Andrea Messini.
“Most people are under the impression that Italian cuisine is just pizzas, when they form only a tiny part of our cuisine. Visit the little-known parts of Italy and you will realise what all we have to offer in food,” said the Michelin-star chef on his recent trip to the city.
Messini held a live cookery demonstration at the Taj Mahal Hotel to teach Delhiites how to prepare authentic pastas at home. “I love to teach, share with the world the Italian cuisine. It is disheartening to see Italian chefs working in different countries not serving it the authentic way. USA produces the worst imitations,” he said.
The chef and his wife, Lara Perotti, travel to different parts of world to educate people about the uniqueness of Italian dishes. They also hold cookery classes regularly at his restaurant, Le Gemme di Artemisia at Verona, North Italy, one of the most reputed and celebrated eat-outs.
At his restaurant, Messini says he ensures he doesn’t have more than 10 guests even though it can accommodate 30 at a time. “I make it a point to have limited people in my restaurant and cook for them. I want them to experience the best of what Italian cuisine has to offer.”
During his stay at the hotel, the chef and his wife, Lara Perotti, a sommelier, relished tandoori roti and gol gappe. Messini said, “I am following a very tight schedule in India. With all this teaching, I did not get much time to tour the city. We wish to come to India soon and taste more of Indian food. The round spicy water-filled things were very delicious. We would even like to open a restaurant here for aficionados of our cuisine and even teach them all about preparing the dishes themselves as well as wine appreciation.”